A powerful Nor’easter storm has begun to unleash heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Tuesday, disrupting travel and closing schools across the region.
About 6 to 12 inches of snow is likely from southern New England to southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service.
Boston, the city expected to receive the worst conditions, may get up to a foot of snowfall by the end of the day, the weather service said. Up to 6 inches may fall in New York City, which would make it the largest storm the city has seen in two years.
Major disruptions at airports and across major highways and city streets are expected through the morning as snow in some areas could fall at 1 to 2 inches per hour.
Strong winds are also forecast and could cause coastal flooding as well as damage trees and knock down power lines. Local flash flooding posed a threat across parts of the southern Appalachians and the southern Mid-Atlantic on Monday as the system arrived.
∎ More than 50,000 utility customers across West Virginia and Pennsylvania were without power Tuesday morning, according to a database maintained by USA TODAY.
∎ The Federal Aviation Administration says ground stops programs are “possible” at airports across the Northeast, including Boston Logan International Airport and New York City’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports.
∎ All state offices in New Jersey were closed Tuesday, according to an announcement from the office of Gov. Phil Murphy.
Airlines proactively issued waivers to give travelers extra flexibility to change their tickets ahead of the storm.
The airports with the most cancellations and delays were LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.
Millions of students were told to stay home on Tuesday as dozens of school districts across the Northeast canceled classes for the day.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a snow emergency and announced all public schools were going to close altogether on Tuesday. Over 54,000 students attend public schools in Boston.
Citing the storm conditions, Boston University’s Charles River and medical campuses were also closed.
Meanwhile, in New York City, all public schools were moved to an online format while after-school programs and yellow bus services for charter and non-public schools were shut down. There are 1.1 million students enrolled in New York City Public Schools, the country’s largest school system, according to the city council.
School cancelations, delays and shifts to remote learning were also announced across Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.