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

Long Beach declares snow emergency

The weekend weather forecast includes a warning from the National Weather Service that our area could see 6 inches, or even more, of snow between Friday night and Saturday evening. Winter Weather Advisories for up to 4-inches of snow are in effect tonight through Saturday afternoon for counties adjacent to the Warned counties closer-in west and south of Chicago (purple-shaded area on the highlighted map below). Surprisingly we are talking our first real heavy snow of the 2018 season on the first day of Spring which is somewhat rare in these parts.

The snow, which tore through on Wednesday, is heading north, dropping some more snow in New England before it heads out.

"We'll just continue the thaw and the melt and hopefully we'll get rid of this white stuff and spring can come", meteorologist Adrienne Leptich said with a laugh from the service's Upton office.

In New York City, the weather service says there's over 13 inches in Little Neck, Queens; 10 inches in Manhattan's Grammercy Park; and about 8 inches in Central Park.

But, after a projected storm fizzled out in Western Massachusetts over the March 21-22 period, residents are beginning to hope with reason that the worst is past. Colder air spilling into the highland regions northwest of town helped quickly change things over from rain to sleet and in some cases snow.

"If we get the amount of heavy, wet snow being predicted, it could make use of the snow gates essentially impossible", said Public Works Director Dan Jonasson. Snow had trouble sticking to the ground during the day, but accumulations started to rise after nightfall.

Long Beach declares snow emergency

The Northeast storm has claimed a second life on New York's Long Island.

By Thursday morning, the storm's impacts were clear.

By 7 p.m., the heavy snow will continue in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and NY.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware reported that 40 flights were delayed at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum, Maryland; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County; and Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly as of Wednesday noon, and 57 flights were cancelled.

Amtrak operated a reduced schedule on many lines, including its busy Northeast Corridor line between Washington, D.C., and Boston.

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