New York, Boston Braced for Foot of Snow: Schools Closed, Flights Canceled

New York, Boston Braced for Foot of Snow: Schools Closed, Flights Canceled

NY is expecting up to a foot of snow, while parts of New England could receive as much as 18 inches. Many other school officials base their decision to cancel school on the city's.

Near whiteout conditions were possible, with snow expected to fall at a clip of 2 to 4 inches per hour at the storm's height. Kennedy International airport is seeing northward of 480 cancellations.

Thursday's blizzard was forecast to be less severe than some previous storms that have dropped heavy amounts of snow on New York City.

Several flights leaving Norfolk International Airport to Northeastern cities are canceled or delayed as a storm bears down on the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for all of Long Island until 6 p.m. Thursday.

You can see an updated list of closures for the region as they become available from our partners at NBC 4 NY.

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"Right now for the Boston metro area we're looking at 12 to 16 inches by the time everything is said and done", Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts told Reuters.

He predicts that the wind will continue strong right through the night, continuing to blow gusts of snow even after the snowfall stops.

Winter Storm Niko could bring 18 inches or more to parts of New England.

State offices were closed in New Jersey, and government offices in the Delaware, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties outside Philadelphia were shuttered Thursday. The doorman apparently suffered a heart attack while shoveling, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"I don't like coming out in this weather but I have three kids going to school and I have to work", Hassan said as he prepared for the two-hour trip back to his home in Parsippany, New Jersey.

A report released in April 2016 from the nonprofit climate research and journalism group Climate Central found that across the US, more than 40 percent of counties have had their biggest 2-day snow totals since 1980.