Weather experts have predicted two to four inches of snow could fall per hour as the blizzard continues. Unable to get around safely by auto and hampered by snowy sidewalks, some New Yorkers got creative.
The National Weather Service radar image provided by NOAA shows a storm system moving across the US late Wednesday.
Warming seas have put more water vapor into the air to fuel storms of all types, and warmer air holds more moisture as well.
According to the National Weather Service, Manhattan had received 6 inches of snow by 10:45 a.m., with snow having begun falling shortly after midnight. Thunder and lightning also add to the treacherous storm with 118 lightning strikes in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and CT in the last 12 hours.
Forecasters were predicting up to 10 inches of snow in areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties, but once the storm left New Jersey those areas saw about half that amount. There are now no coastal warnings in effect, but Alan Dunham from the National Weather Service in Taunton said they are "still evaluating" and there may be more minor splash over.
Mayor de Blasio announced via Twitter late Wednesday that city schools will be closed Thursday.
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Winds are going to ramp up during Thursday afternoon, gusting to 35-50 miles per hour or higher.
Motorists should expect major travel disruptions.
"Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times". Connecticut Gov. Malloy also asked non-essential employees to stay home.
CitiBike service was expected to remain in service Thursday until further notice. Freezing rain could linger in areas along the New Hampshire line.
More than a million students attend the city's public school system, the largest in the nation.
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