New York Winter Storm: The Photos You Need to See

Posted February 10, 2017

The northeastern United States was slammed by the fiercest storm it has seen this winter on Thursday, leaving a foot (30 cm) of snow in places, canceling thousands of flights and shutting down schools.

Snow began falling overnight, following record high temperatures for February in NY on Wednesday, with as much as 10 to 14 inches (25 to 35 centimeters) expected to accumulate during the day.

The thing that's most important, however, is to not head all the way out to the airport without checked the status first ― can you think of anything more irritating than braving hostile conditions, only to find out your flight is cancelled, and you have nowhere to go? Travel in both New York City and Boston has been almost impossible as the storm continued its progress today.

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.

Snow is falling on the Philadelphia region and a snow emergency has been declared, although accumulations are not expected to exceed 5 inches.

Officials warn about the unsafe road conditions, especially after the multiple snow plow crashes in New York City and Long Island.

On Feb. 8, 2017, left, New York City reached record-high temperatures in the 60's. "12-18" expected with heavy snowfall rates leading to whiteout conditions", the National Weather Service tweeted Thursday morning.

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Authorities say almost 1,700 flights have been canceled at New York City's three major airports because of the powerful winter storm hitting the region. High winds are likely to cause power outages there. The winter storm warning for the area will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Like many school districts throughout the state, almost all schools in eastern MA - including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville schools - are closed.

The snow will continue all day long, only exiting the state between 7 and 9 p.m.

Numerous city's bustling streets and roads are empty with many people choosing to stay indoors away from the freezing temperatures.

At press time, Suffolk County, home to Boston, had received 1.7 inches of snow. The city public works department said it was ready to overcome whatever comes its way.

How much snow did New York City get?