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Strong Winter Storm Pushes into US Northeast

The post-New Year's snow has many frolicking -- and skidding in -- the white stuff
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2103

Christina Kistler walks her dog Sheldon in snow on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Snow and bone-chilling temperatures are greeting morning commuters across New York on the first work day of 2014, with some upstate areas expected to get more than a foot of snow by the weekend. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

BOSTON (AP) - A storm expected to bring heavy snow, stiff winds and punishing cold pushed into the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, extending Christmas break for some students while posing the first test for New York's new mayor and perhaps the last challenge for Boston's outgoing one.

Some schools in New England and New York closed well ahead of the snow, while cities mobilized plows and salt spreaders, and state offices sent workers home early. Some major highways were ordered shut down overnight. U.S. airlines canceled more than 2,300 flights nationwide on Thursday in advance of the storm.

The heavy weather began rolling in just a day after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in to lead the nation's largest city and a few days before Boston Mayor Thomas Menino ends 20 years in office.

Menino announced a parking ban and said schools would be closed Friday in Boston, where up to 14 inches (36 centimeters) of snow was expected. Boston's airport said it would not handle any flights after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

"What a New Year's gift, to receive one last snowstorm as mayor," said Menino, whose successor takes office Monday.

De Blasio, who as public advocate in 2010 criticized his predecessor Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his handling of a post-Christmas storm, said hundreds of plows and salt spreaders would be on the streets as soon as the snow started falling Thursday night.

"We have to get it right, no question about it," de Blasio said. "We are focused like a laser on protecting this city and getting everyone ready. We have all hands on deck."

Snow began falling overnight Wednesday in parts of New England and New York state, but the brunt of the storm wasn't expected until late Thursday. Forecasters said temperatures would plummet to well below freezing.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Cape Cod, coastal areas north and south of Boston and part of Maine as well as New York's Long Island, where up to 10 inches of snow could fall and winds could gust to 45 mph.

Interior southern New England and New York state could get up to a foot of snow. New York City was expecting 8 inches (20 centimeters), while Philadelphia could see up to 7 inches (18 centimeters).

As the storm pushed eastward on New Year's Day and Thursday, it dropped as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) on suburban Chicago and up to 10 inches on Michigan, prompting the cancellation Wednesday of hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Below-zero cold is expected across the region over the next few days.

PHOTOS: New Year's Storm Bears Down on Northeast

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ocello5

after listening to all these peeps from the east but especially the new englanders , you peeps just have to admit you live in a HELL HOLE!!!!!!!!! my son goes to college in boston i go there often.. someone stated only 76 days until SPRING, REALLY that place has 10 months of crap cold then 2 months of humid hell !!!!! OH but you can go to the cape,YEA WITH 10 GAZILLION other KNUCKLEHEADS who will pay any amount of $$$$$$ to stay at the cape for a sat. to sat. week !!!!! only sat. to sat. cause THATS THE WAY IT IS and you will pay them anything to get away from where you live!!!! AND REMEMBER you can only park where the city or county wants you to, at $25 - $50 per day...GOTTA LOVE THE EAST HAHAHAHA I WAS SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN TODAY with my family 76 degrees!!!!!!! santa barbara ( 365 paradise baby ) all i see is the cold weather snowbirds and easterners getting away.. keep on coming , bring your cash and go home .. remember california is the 8TH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD!! WE DONT NEED THE OTHER 49-- WE TELL THE NATION TO JUMP AND YOU SAY HOW HIGH AND YES SIR WE WILL... ENJOY THE SNOW

January 03 2014 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

After spending a great deal of my life in Ohio, I just moved to Northern California, smack dab in the middle of Mt. Shasta Trinity Nat'l Forrest. I really didn't know what to expect in the mountains, but it's not gotten below 20 at night, and is around 50 during the day. Spent 10 days for Christmas in Anaheim, 70 degree weather every day. I don't miss Ohio or the North East at all!!! And I thank G-d I am out of there.

I know what you all are going through...and I am wishing you the best, and pray your electricity stays on, and your water doesn't freeze. I know, cause I have been there so many times. Whether it's Global Warming, or what ever...it only matters that you stay safe inside as much as you can. Blessings to you all, you're in my prayers.

January 03 2014 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Simon

Terrible !

January 02 2014 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Simon

Terrible !

January 02 2014 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sleuth1inv

Beware of the sphincters driving their SUV's. It may be a little difficult navigating in the snowstorm but the aholes passing on the right and kicking up the slush and sliding all over are OUT THERE. Occasionally there is some justice when you see these morons off the road wondering why they slid into the trees.

January 02 2014 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tweetycna

well can say it winter now .ohio is really cold n lots of snow only 10deg hee with windchill 5below,towmorrow its only gonna be 1 ,with windchill 15 below ,plz take care drive safe if u gotta be out .bunddle up n stay warm.take care n god bless every one ,Tweetycnafrom Warren Ohio

January 02 2014 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trevino

Why do so many northeasterners insist on using the phrase " Nor'Easter " to refer to every big snowstorm? So regional, so parochial, so pathetically self serving. Chicago got 15 inches of snow and we just soldier on w/o the need for a catchy phrase for this week's storm. BTW, the predicted temperature for Chicago on Monday is - 10 degrees. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, bring it Mother Nature, bring it!

January 02 2014 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tweetycna

LOTS OF SNOW IN OHIO,ROADS ARE TERRIBLE IS ONLT 10 HERE WITH WIND CHILL 9 BELOW ONLY GONNA BE LIKE 10 2MORROW WITH 10 BELOW ONLY 1SAT ,I WOULD CALL THAT DARN COLD BUT I DONT GOOTA BE OUT EVERY ONE PLZ BECAREFUL N STAY SAFE ,MAKE SURE U HAVE PLENTY OF EVERY THING TWEETYCNA@WARREN OHIO

January 02 2014 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trevino

@Kali in Rhode Island just said Nor'easter......SMH

January 02 2014 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kali

Sitting here in Little Rhody watching the snow . Nothing like a Nor'Easter. I have charged up my Kindle and put fresh batteries in my flashlight. If the lights go out I'll be all set. Be safe and warm every one :)

January 02 2014 at 11:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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