The city public works department said it was ready.
In New York and Philadelphia, the storm will hit around daybreak, with 30-mph winds creating whiteout conditions at times, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
Monmouth and northern Ocean counties are expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow.
Pennsylvania: Courts are closed, and inmate visits are canceled in Philadelphia. About 1 million students attend the city's 1,800 public schools, making it the largest school district in the US.
Governor Chris Christie in the state of New Jersey said state offices would be closed for all non-essential employees on Thursday. Boston is looking at a possible snow total of 18 inches. Niko comes on the heels of a freezing winter storm in early January which struck the continental United States. Less than half of the flights into or out of New York's LaGuardia Airport, Newark International Airport in New Jersey, and Boston's Logan International airport were able to make it out.
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According to weather broadcast, the quick-moving storm is expected to move back into the sea late Thursday. "Because the snow is coming down so hard that is causing it to stick".
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Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in effect for the entire region through the evening, with Storm Team 4 predicting 10 to 15 inches of snow for much of the area.
The storm raced in over New Jersey and rapidly approached downtown Manhattan by the predawn hours, with meteorologists expecting at least 8 inches across the Big Apple.
Nor'easters get their name from the winds that blow from the northeast ahead of a storm's arrival as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard, remaining offshore.
Delta Airlines: Delta and its partner KLM are waiving change fees until February 12 on flights to and from 24 airports along the East Coast, but you can not have already checked in for your flight.
Motorists should expect major travel disruptions.
The inclement weather will likely start as rain following the warm streak that pushed temperatures into the mid-60s Wednesday.
Wednesday saw temperatures of almost 60 degrees in New York City, and Thursday will be a little, er, different.
Thursday night will be cloudy and breezy, with temperatures down to 24 degrees. Eight people were taken to area hospitals for injuries, none of them life-threatening, reports NBS Boston.