Winter is coming: U.S. snowstorm blasts New Yorkers as cold snap bites

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Storm Team 4 breaks down the timeline here.

NEW YORK -More than 2,000 flights were canceled, winter storm warnings stretched from ME to Maryland and salt trucks across the region were rolling Thursday as the season's most risky snow event rolled into the East.

Flakes started flying for most people around 7 a.m. A day after winter storm Niko wreaked blizzardous havoc across MA, the National Weather Service reports more snow on the way over the weekend and into next week. By mid-morning, 6.4 inches had accumulated in Danbury and Newtown.

The storm blasting the Northeast with snow and blustery winds is wreaking havoc on air travel, canceling thousands of flights Thursday.

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Winter is coming: U.S. snowstorm blasts New Yorkers as cold snap bites

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Wednesday night that his city would close its schools.

No vehicles are allowed to be parked on any roads in town that are designated as snow emergency routes, and any vehicles parked there are subject to ticket and tow at the owner's expense. As of 1:30 p.m., areas of Rhode Island, including parts of Providence County, had already received 8 inches of snow.

In New York City, a doorman died after falling down a set of stairs and crashing through a plate-glass window while shoveling snow.

The National Weather Service's latest blizzard warning for Suffolk County predicts 12 to 16 inches of snow Thursday.

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New Jersey: State government offices are closed for non-essential employees, as are courts.

I am not too concerned about the next impulse as it will remain weak and only create a period of light snow and flurries late Friday night into Saturday morning.

This is a fancy meteorology word used to describe storms that intensifies extremely rapidly, or as forecasters would say, such storms "bomb out", with their minimum central air pressure dropping at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.

Motorists should expect major travel disruptions.

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More than 1,700 flights in NY airports alone were canceled. Blizzard conditions could add to issues on Long Island and Southeast Massachusetts.

Sustained winds from the north are expected to be 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour., according to AccuWeather.

The National Weather Service radar image provided by NOAA shows a storm system moving across the USA late Wednesday. The shows all probably will go on in the end, but there will probably be return policies for ticket holders who can't get to the theater due to weather. "No one ever plans to get stuck". Temperatures were also forecast to drop into the 20s across much of the region.

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