A major winter storm is starting to unfold across the northeastern United States and will bring travel to a halt as it dumps heavy snow across the region.
Thousands of flight have already been canceled and school districts across the entire region have been closed ahead of the arrival of the nor’easter. Several states have already declared a state of emergency, including New York and New Jersey.
“Snow will overspread the mid-Atlantic states this evening, arriving in Washington D.C. around 7 p.m. EDT, Philadelphia around 9 p.m. EDT and New York City around 1 a.m. EDT,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
At 6:15 p.m. EDT Monday, snow was starting to fall around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore with several NWS trained spotters reporting a trace of snow across the region.
Alabama Power crews have traveled north to to Long Island, New York ahead of the storm to help restore power after the powerful storm passes. About 350 Alabama Power line crews and support personal left for New York on Monday afternoon and are expected to arrive on Wednesday, according to Alabama News Center.
A State of Emergency has been declared in New York and New Jersey in preparation for the significant snowfall expected across the region.
The governor of Connecticut also issued a civil preparedness emergency and ordered a statewide travel ban, starting at 5 a.m. EDT Tuesday and continuing until further notice.
The statewide travel ban in #CT begins at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14. Will remain in effect until further notice. Do not attempt to travel!
— Gov. Dan Malloy ☘️ (@GovMalloyOffice) March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings from southeastern Pennsylvania to southern Maine, including New York City, the northern suburbs of Philadelphia and the northern and western suburbs of Boston.
Schools across the region have already closed in anticipation of the impending nor’easter, including all public schools in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City.
Boston Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to heavy snow. Visit https://t.co/vxBN4vUyME for info on BCYF community centers. pic.twitter.com/lPaejjwArv
— BostonPublicSchools (@BostonSchools) March 13, 2017
Some cities, including Boston, have also issued a snow emergency, meaning that parking will be prohibited in parts of the city to help with snow removal.
Over 6,000 flights have been canceled across the United States due to the storm, according to the Associated Press. This number may rise throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday as airports across the region work to clear the snow.