New York Winter Storm: The Photos You Need to See

In some cases, Friday flights are already being canceled, including in places like Boston.

The worst part of the storm is expected to end between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from west to east.

By the evening commute, however, it's likely that the storm will be winding down, if not completely over, from the city to points west and north of town.

NEWARK-The snowstorm that swept across the Northeast on Thursday all but shut down the region's airports, causing a bottleneck that stretched across the nation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that Pennsylvania's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and New York's Greater Binghamton Airports closed altogether Thursday.

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Today's snowy conditions are in stark contrast to Wednesday's balmy weather, when some northeastern cities, such as Philadelphia and New York City, enjoyed record-high temperatures in the low- to mid-60s. New York's Central Park picked up 6 inches of snow in just three hours on Thursday morning, with 9 inches falling in the same period of time at nearby La Guardia Airport.

Parks officials were concerned about high winds and heavy snowfall.

At Palm Beach International Airport, there were two delayed and 75 canceled flights listed as of 11:30 a.m., according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

A heavy winter snow storm lashed the northeastern United States Thursday, subjecting NY to near blizzard-like conditions and forcing flight cancellations as schools and the United Nations closed. Areas south of Worcester and extending as far as Providence and Hartford could see as much as 20 inches of snow locally.

The storm has affected several major freeways along the northeast corridor - including Interstates 68, 70, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84 and 95. Niko comes on the heels of a freezing winter storm in early January which struck the continental United States. You don't want to be that hapless person, not by a long shot, so never hesitate to check ahead.

  • Alfonso Moody