Storm progresses as expected; snow coming soon

MA is being slammed by a blizzard that is bringing lightning strikes, strong winds and gusts of powdery snow, meteorologists said, warning that some regions of the state could get as much as 18 inches of white stuff by the time the storm wraps up tonight.

Schools were closed ahead of the storm throughout the region and hundreds of flights were canceled at Logan International Airport.

The snow is expected taper off by the early afternoon in the Philadelphia and New York City areas, but New Englanders should brace for snowfall through the evening commute.

It will hit eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with rain early Thursday morning, before changing over to snow in time for the morning rush, he said.

Over 3,500 flights were canceled after snowstorms slammed multiple travel hubs in the Northeast.

During this winter season, the northeastern region has not witnessed too many winter storms.

A snowplow drives through Times Square as snow falls in Manhattan, New York, Feb. 9, 2017.

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

A winter storm warning is in effect for all of MA, as residents in Greater Boston brace for a big snowstorm that is expected to blanket the region with at least 10 inches of snow. Some areas received 10 inches of snow or more and at least one death has been reported.

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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.

New York City's winter storming warning is expected to be in effect until 6 p.m., the mayor said.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for all of Long Island.

Parks officials were concerned about high winds and heavy snowfall.

In Connecticut, between 12 and 18 inches of snow are expected statewide with isolated higher amounts, according to NBC Connecticut meteorologists.

The governor urged residents to stay off the roads.

"Travel is going to be extremely unsafe".

How much snow did other areas get?

. New Jersey authorized the closing of state offices Thursday for all non-essential employees due to the storm, and CT canceled most court activities.

  • Sidney Guerrero