The northeastern U.S.is bracing for a powerful, fast-moving storm that is expected to bring more than a foot of snow in some places. Commuters faced windblown snow and slick highways.
British Airways: The airline has only cancelled 13 flights as of 4:30 p.m. EST, but is offering free changes on flights to and from the northeast USA and Canada for fares through Sunday, February 12. Much of the New York Metro area is also under a winter storm warning.
February 7, 4:10 p.m.: The East End could see snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches or higher late Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a winter storm watch Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the heavy, wet nature of the snow and the brisk winds could contribute to scattered power outages across the state.
Governors across the region urged people to stay off the roads to keep them clear for plows and emergency vehicles.
A Coastal Flood Advisory (not a warning) has been issued for coastal Ocean, southeastern Burlington, Atlantic, and Cape May counties.
"We have hours of snowfall for Philadelphia and points to the north", said meteorologist Bill Henley.
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The Philadelphia International Airport also began cancelling flights mid-day Wednesday.
Bundled-up commuters on the island carefully navigated snow-covered sidewalks.
"I fully expected the MTA and PATH to curl into a ball and say, 'Don't hurt me!'" joked Lopresti, an actor and barista.
The winter storm is being caused by a southward plunge in the polar jet stream, causing a low-pressure system that's moving northeast, according to The Weather Channel.
New Jersey's emergency management office reported about 50 accidents before midmorning, and that number was expected to grow. Wind gusts in some metro NY areas are expected to be as high as 45 miles per hour.
Public transportation service was being reduced and the morning and evening commutes were expected to be severely affected before the storm was forecast to taper off by Thursday evening.
Strong wind gusts, combined with colder air flowing in after the storm departs, will create wind chills in the single digits and maybe even zero in northern and central New Jersey Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.