At Least 1 Dead as Winter Storm Niko Hits Northeast

The National Weather Service predicted that the Boston area and eastern ME could get 12 to 18 inches of snow, and a blizzard warning has been issued for all of Long Island until 6 p.m. "It's originating in the Ohio River Valley and starts cranking as it comes across Appalachia".

February 8, 9:20 a.m.: A winter storm warning is now in effect for the eastern end of Long Island, starting late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. In Suffolk County, New York, bus service was not operating for the day. Most areas will see 12-16 inches, including the city of Boston. According to FlightAware.com, more than 650 flights have been grounded at LaGuardia, where snow is falling at a rate as fast as one inch per hour, per Weather.com.

According to forecasters, the storm is expected to wrap up around 2 p.m. ET.

Snow totals are expected to produce a solid eight to 10 inches with the potential for up to 12 inches.

A man died while shoveling snow in NY. Township ordinance prohibits the throwing or blowing of snow into the street. Parts of central Pennsylvania had already picked up 8 inches early Thursday, with northern Jersey hit with up to five inches, The Weather Channel reported.

Lopresti said weather forecasts had escalated from "a run-of-the-mill snowstorm to an apocalyptic deal".

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Officials also warned of high winds, coastal flooding and possible power outages. Elaine Higgins, a retired educator from Blackwood, New Jersey, was among those waiting in the freezing cold to get into ABC's studios. New Jersey Transit trains face delays of up to 15 minute. Government offices in the Delaware, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties surrounding Philadelphia were also shuttered.

The National Weather Service radar image provided by NOAA shows a storm system moving across the US late Wednesday.

Thursday's blizzard conditions are in stark contrast to Wednesday's balmy weather, when some northeastern cities, like Philadelphia and New York City, enjoyed record-high temperatures in the low to mid-60s.

New Yorkers woke up to near-blizzard conditions as wind-driven snow reduced visibility, made streets almost impassible and morning commutes a challenge at best.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, more than 2,900 flights within, into or out of the US scheduled for Thursday have been canceled as of 9:30 a.m. ET, with a majority of those cancellations coming at major airports across the Northeast and New England. The area is expected to get somewhere between 3 and 6 inches by Thursday night.

  • Alfonso Moody