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Thousands of commercial flights were canceled, all public schools were closed in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston on Thursday - and at least one person was killed - after a Nor'easter dumped heavy snow on the Northeast. Counties in northeastern New Jersey are included in the map below.

Like many school districts throughout the state, almost all schools in eastern MA - including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville schools - are closed.

New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito warned against "blizzard-like conditions" and said the city is likely to see additional rapid snowfall throughout the day, possibly as much as 3 inches an hour.

As tempting as it may be, New Yorkers shouldn't spend their snow day in the park, city officials said.

Multiple flights to and from the region are canceled or delayed, according to the Newport News and Norfolk airports. "It's not going to be a good travel day", Doody said.

Cuomo said at 2 p.m. that the snow in New York City appeared to be tapering off, but he said this storm should not be taken lightly.

Forecasters urged people to stay home. "Penobscot Bay to Calais could conceivably end up with 12-16" of snow by the time that it is all said and done.

Blizzard conditions have been confirmed in MA and Rhode Island, including the areas of Boston, Hyannis, Marshfield, New Bedford, Block Island, Providence and Westerly.

In Boston, hundreds of public works trucks had already hit the road before dawn to treat streets. "Nor'easters, which can drop six to 12 inches or more of snow, have a history of stranding drivers", said Rob Stallworth at the WTOP traffic center.

Multiple flights to and from the Northeast U.S. are delayed or canceled Thursday as a significant winter storm impacts the region. And while many airlines are offering to waive change fees for those looking to avoid the cancellations, it's important to remember that airlines are not responsible for weather delays.

To keep people at home, many government operations were put on hold, including Maine's state legislature and government offices in MA and CT, where only emergency workers were expected to come to work. "This is a serious challenge when you talk about 8 to 14 inches" of snow, he said.

New Yorkers woke up to near-blizzard conditions as wind-driven snow reduced visibility, made streets almost impassible and morning commutes a challenge at best.

The storm is expected to pack a punch, but it's not a nor'easter. The Department of Sanitation is getting ahead of the foreseen issues.

Motorists should expect major travel disruptions.

The weather that will make for a messy Thursday was over the lower Midwest on Wednesday, beginning to slide to the east.

The mild conditions will be extremely short-lived as temperatures plummet overnight and pave the way for snow.

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