Powerful, fast-moving snowstorm creating hazardous travel conditions throughout Northeast

The National Weather Service saying snow totals of 10-14 inches are likely in the NY metro area alone, with nasty wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and sustained winds around 15 to 25 mph.

During the afternoon in New Jersey, winds are expected to be sustained at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts of 25 to 30 mph, and perhaps 35 mph near the coast.

"What may happen is people will get on the road and it's not particularly bad and then suddenly it gets to 8 o'clock, and I will tell you an inch and a half to 2 inches of snow an hour is hard for people to handle", Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy told reporters Wednesday. The NWS described travel conditions as hazardous and risky due to poor visibilities, with possible whiteout conditions. Boston is looking at a possible snow total of 18 inches.

Airlines canceled almost 3,000 flights, winter storm warnings stretched from ME to Maryland and salt trucks were deployed across the region on Thursday as the season's most unsafe snow event rolled into the Northeastern region of US.

All flights at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport were halted on Thursday morning due to the storm's intensity.

A fast-moving winter storm is expected to clog up morning commutes and blanket New York City in upward of 12 inches of snow on Thursday, forecasters said. A snow emergency will also be declared for Philadelphia starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Ahead of the storm, airlines moved to preemptively cancel flights to avoid keeping crews and planes snowed in by the storm.

However, snowfall in Boston could continue into the weekend, and temperatures won't rise above freezing there until Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

"Those are conditions that are just not possible to be driving in", Steven Bellone, a Suffolk County executive on Long Island, said.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, more than 2,900 flights within, into or out of the USA scheduled for Thursday have been canceled as of 9:30 a.m. ET, with a majority of those cancellations coming at major airports across the Northeast and New England.

De Blasio tweeted Wednesday night that NY schools would close.

There could be some spots that receive a bit more than 14 inches!

The reason why this snowstorm is not lasting as long as most longtime residents of the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast might expect has to do with the lack of a weather system over the Canadian Maritimes or North Atlantic to block its eastward movement.

Temperatures Wednesday set a new record high of 65 F at Kennedy airport, almost 30 degrees above average for early February.

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