Snowstorm Niko sweeps through Times Square in New York City

A winter storm warning was in effect for New York City from midnight to noon Thursday, and near-blizzard conditions could be seen along the state's coast, the governor's office said. Snow accumulation predictions are now 10 to 14 inches or higher. It is likely to be the largest storm since February 2015.

Thursday's storm is expected to last 6 to 10 hours, said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania. Much of Long Island, New York, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, were under blizzard warnings.

Numerous city's bustling streets and roads are empty with many people choosing to stay indoors away from the freezing temperatures. You need to use extreme caution and discretion before hitting the road at any time Thursday morning.

Eastern Long Island was bracing for 12 to 16 inches of snow, with a potential for power outages. "MBTA personnel will be working hard throughout the storm in a concerted effort to prevent any disruptions in service". Check out SEPTA.org for service- and weather-related delays and detours.

Residents can expect blizzard conditions to hit the area this afternoon.

Winter Storm Niko could bring 18 inches or more to parts of New England.

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"New Yorkers should be prepared for snowfall and slippery roads and plan to take mass transit where possible", Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said.

The storm's winds reached as far south as Virginia, where a truck driver died after his tractor-trailer was blown off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Tom Anderson, the facility's deputy director, said in a phone interview. "You hope you've planned for everything - and we feel we are going into it".

The storm is expected to have passed over the city completely by the early evening. "Don't be fooled", New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said.

Other airports experiencing significant cancellations Thursday include Philadelphia International Airport, Washington's Reagan National Airport and Bradley International Airport. All state courthouses will also be closed for the day.

"Today is a mixed bag, but tomorrow, the NY and Boston areas are most impacted with 40% of their flight operations cancelled", FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said in a statement.

  • Sidney Guerrero