More than 3000 flights canceled as spring nor'easter slams Northeast

Many New York-Area Services Shut as Latest Nor'easter Hits

Long Island and particularly Suffolk County bore the brunt of the storm, which lingered overnight and dropped more than a foot of snow in some parts of the region.

By Saturday morning, heavy snow will stretch from Minnesota to Kentucky.

The National Weather Service says New York City and its northern suburbs could get 12 to 16 inches of snow.

There were big snowflakes around lunch time on Tuesday, then hours of rain, and bouncing ice pellets before more snow in the late afternoon in Gloucester Township.

A pocket of dry air spared Boston and much of New England from the worst of the storm, said Rob Carolan, owner of Hometown Forecast Services Nashua, New Hampshire.

Rates of up to 5 inches per hour were reported, unusual for the Island, meteorologists said.

The heaviest snow area wide will come in the late afternoon to early evening.

The state's major utilities reported that slightly more than 1,200 customers were without service early Thursday.

Up to 8 inches of snow had fallen in some Philadelphia suburbs by midafternoon, and 13 inches outside Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Motorists should expect slippery conditions and be extra cautious when driving. State offices were closed Wednesday due to the storm, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said they would reopen Thursday.

The storm also cut power to than 90,000 customers from the mid-Atlantic to New England, including 87,448 in New Jersey, 3,614 in NY and 2,967 in Delaware.

Several schools districts across the tri-state began posting closures Tuesday afternoon ahead of the storm's arrival. On New York's Long Island, Newsday reported that a woman was killed and five people were injured when a van overturned on a parkway.

Airlines canceled more than 4,000 flights Wednesday. Residents were spending the day digging out from the fourth nor'easter in three weeks, with many across the region still reeling from the first three that downed trees and power lines and left tens of thousands in the dark.

Crews with the Long Island Rail Road worked Wednesday into Thursday morning, leading to trains being close or on schedule by 9 a.m. Amtrak plans to restore regular service to its Northeast corridor Friday.



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