Blizzard Blasts U.S. from the Midwest to the Northeast

New Year's storm is forecasted to bury some cities with 18 inches of snow.

A pedestrian walks through morning snow, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
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The new year has brought a cold chill and blizzard forecasts from across the Midwest to the Northeast.

Chicago received 6 inches of snow Wednesday causing hundreds of flight cancellations and delays, Fox News reports. NBC Chicago meteorologist Cheryl Scott said while the snow had left the windy city bitterly cold weather could shoot temperatures below zero.


The first flakes in the Northeast were spotted in Boston around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, NBC News reported.

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A foot of snow is expected in some areas of New York and the southernmost part of New England. New York City is forecasted to receive 3 to 7 inches, while Washington, D.C., and Baltimore may only see 1 to 2 inches.

"We are looking at a serious storm situation," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters in a Wednesday conference call. He asked New York City residents to leave their cars at home Thursday, in the event that highways close Thursday night.

"We are telling people, prepare for road closings and take mass transit," Cuomo said.

The storm is expected to be severe and lengthy for some parts of the Northeast.

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"It's going to be a long-duration event," The Weather Channel meteorologist Michael Palmer said to NBC News. "The wind is going to whip around the snow and reduce the visibility, creating near-blizzard conditions in Boston, much of Connecticut and then down maybe as far south as New Jersey and even New York City."

Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are expected to accumulate less snow but flurries are still expected to hamper driving conditions Thursday night through Friday morning, The Weather Channel reports.

Students across the Northeast are hoping to add a few extra days to their holiday break and many will. Boston Mayor Tom Menino closed schools scheduled to open Friday because of a forecast that predicts 18 inches of snow could bury the city, NBC News reports.

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