Season’s Biggest Snowstorm Rolls Into Northeast

People walk in front of the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood as it snows in Brooklyn, NY on Jan. 26, 2015 (Photograph by Andrew Hinderaker)

More than 2,000 flights were canceled, winter storm warnings stretched from Maine to Maryland and salt trucks across the region were rolling Thursday as the season’s most dangerous snow event rolled into the East.

Snow was falling during morning rush in the city. 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.

Dangerous travel conditions are forecast for I-95 cities from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, the National Weather Service said. Scores of school districts, including Boston and New York City, had announced on Wednesday that schools would be closed.

“A Blizzard Warning is now in effect for Nassau and Suffolk County. 12-18″ expected with heavy snowfall rates leading to whiteout conditions,” the National Weather Service tweeted Thursday morning.

In New York City, the whiplash-like change in the weather between Wednesday and Thursday had snow teams preparing during record-high temperatures. More than 1,700 flights in the New York-area airports alone were canceled. The city had 2,300 salt spreaders and plows rolling, and de Blasio advised residents to use public transportation if they must travel at all.

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SOURCE: USA Today