Winter Storm Niko Drops Over 12 Inches Of Snow On Northeast US

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The storm is so rapidly intensifying with winds gusting to 45 miles per hour that it is "making air travel hard, if not impossible", the Capital Weather Gang reported. We have declared a snow emergency, so that will take effect at 8 p.m. tonight.

Some areas got more than a foot and a half of snow, and temperatures are still freezing Friday, with below-zero wind chills in some spots.

Winds continue to gust up to 60 miles per hour on Cape Cod and the Islands, having already caused some damage, according to AccuWeather.

In Rhode Island, one home was damaged by lightning, and the storm forced the shutdown of Interstate 95.

More than 60 million people were dealing with the wintry weather, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. Other areas including NY and Binghamton also broke snow records. The weather service issued a blizzard warning for some coastal areas.

"There is widespread heavy snowfall", said Dunham. By mid-morning, 6.4 inches had accumulated in Danbury and Newtown.

We continue to monitor what appears to be a "quick hitting storm" that is on track to impact Morris County. In many municipalities, snow emergencies are already in effect.

Marra expects the storm to significantly taper off by 3 p.m. After the primary roads are cleared, crews will then turn to secondary roads. Some instances of the rare weather phenomenon were reported in CT, which could be a storm jackpot with more than 14 inches of snow possible Thursday, forecasters say. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said snow plow drivers were going to have a "long night" working on icy roads.

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The MBTA's buses, subways and commuter rail are all operating on regular schedules with some delays, Pollack said.

There is reduced MBTA ferry service due to high seas, and extremely high winds and rough seas have forced the Steamship Authority to cancel ferry service to Nantucket for the remainder of the day.

A winter storm skirting the New York/New England coastline is here reminding us what winter is like. But residents didn't let the storm get them down.

Most areas will see 12-18 inches, including the city of Boston.

Philadelphia public schools will be open Friday, officials said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier Thursday that the almost 700 cancellations there amounted to 60 percent of the airport's flights. The city public works department said it was ready to overcome whatever comes its way. "You can start saving spaces when you shovel out your auto tomorrow".

The good news is that the storm is expected to move out quickly.

On Wednesday, icy conditions in MA led to numerous wrecks, including a 55-car pileup on Route 128, near Wakefield.