A major winter storm is starting to unfold across the northeastern United States that will bring blizzard conditions and over a foot of snow to parts of the region.
Heavy snow will bring travel to a halt across part of the region by Thursday morning with over 2,600 flights already being delayed in anticipation for the snow, FlightStats reports.
“The heaviest snow will come in at a bad time for the morning commute around New York City between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. where a total of 8-12 inches of snow is expected,” Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson said.
“As the storm intensifies, winds will increase Thursday, especially near the coast, creating near-blizzard like conditions from eastern Long Island northward along coastal New England,” Erickson said.
As of 11 p.m. EST on Wednesday, 1-2" of snow has fallen around Pittsburgh over the course of the evening. Snowfall rates of 1” per hour have been reported.
Moderate to heavy snowfall will continue across the city into early Thursday morning.
Cities across the northeastern United States are preparing for the impending snowstorm. Many schools across the region have already closed on Thursday, including all public schools in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston.
Snow emergencies have been declared in Boston and Philadelphia, meaning that cars will not be allowed to park along major roads to help with snow plowing operations.
THURSDAY (2/9): Boston Public Schools closed. Parking ban begins 10AM. Trash collection begins 6AM. Go to: https://t.co/tNnblwWFSz. #alert
— City of Boston (@CityOfBoston) February 8, 2017
Due to expected significant snowfall all @NYCSchools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Feb 9.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 8, 2017
Thousands of flights have also been canceled at airports across the region in anticipation of the snow. People planning to fly into or out of an airport in the northeastern United States should check with their airline before heading to the airport to see if their flight has already been canceled.
Snow streaked across the Midwest on Wednesday as the system headed toward the Northeast tracked across the region.
Many locations from Peoria, Illinois, to Columbus, Ohio, picked up a general 3 to 6 inches of snow, creating some disruptions during the Wednesday evening commute.