Areas from the lower Great Lakes eastward through central New
England should see ample snowfall before the system moves out to sea
by Wednesday evening, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the
National Weather Service.
A day after the storm pounded the nation's mid-section, there was a
mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain hitting a swath north of
Washington, D.C. through New York City, with building snowfall in
Boston and parts of New England, Thompson said.
"It's going to be a mess," Thompson said. "The heavy snow is going
to be up toward Boston and inland from the Coast."
Residents and state officials were taking precautions, with
officials postponing legislative work and closing schools.
Schools in Providence, Rhode Island, were ordered closed Wednesday
due to the approaching storm.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and
ordered state offices closed on Wednesday for all non-essential
"I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the
roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety
officials can safely respond to any emergency situations," Christie
said in a written statement.
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More than 2,000 U.S. flights were canceled early on Wednesday
morning, with more than 250 delayed, according to Flightaware.com, a
website that tracks air traffic.
A second patch of snowfall that was approaching Cleveland and
Detroit would likely move across to the New York and New England
areas later in the day, Thompson said.
New York issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday and Mayor
Bill de Blasio told residents to prepare for a difficult commute.
The storm set up Monday night over southwestern Kansas and was
peaking over Kansas City on Tuesday. More than 7 inches of snow had
fallen in the Kansas City area by the early evening.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; editing by Rosalind Russell)
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