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Massive storm to hit Northeast creates messy commute

Cape Cod Power Outages 50,000+ In The Dark Massive storm to hit Northeast creates messy commute
Alfredo Watts | 12 February, 2017, 02:56

But, the airline is allowing customers to change flights to and from Boston, Newark, JFK, Philadelphia, Washington-Reagan, Dulles, and Baltimore, through February 17 without paying the fare difference or being subject to change fees.

"Stay off the roads and let the transportation crews do their jobs".

Much of the northeastern preparing for a winter storm that could bring a foot of snow or more to some areas. Take a look at some of the airport delays on Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of schools from the Albany area to the eastern tip of Long Island called off classes Thursday as the storm accompanied by gusty winds caused near-whiteout conditions throughout the Northeast.

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will start Sunday.

Whipping winds and blinding snow pummeled Cape Cod. Later on Thursday, the blizzard warning was expanded to southern coastal regions of Rhode Island and MA.

The state says about 3,300 pieces of equipment, including plows, are clearing roads. Baker plans to appear at the bunker at midday on Thursday to provide updates on the storm. With schools closed and trains and flights delayed or canceled, the snowfall in many areas in and around New England, where Niko was expected to hit hardest, has actually been even more intense than predicted. But Philadelphia schools will be open Friday, officials said.

Heavy and blowing snow is expected Sunday night and Monday, with west winds increasing to 15 to 25 miles per hour Sunday night with gusts up to 35 miles per hour producing poor driving conditions, and potentially deep, snow-covered roads. All state courthouses will also be closed for the day. The corridor between Philadelphia and Boston is already rife with wind and snow-swept roads. Depending on the storm's exact track and how fast it strengthens, very strong winds could slam coastal areas as well.

On Wednesday, icy conditions in MA led to numerous wrecks, including a 55-car pileup on Route 128, near Wakefield. As always, the state Port Authority advises travelers to check ahead. Rapid snow melt coupled with heavy rains in the Sierra Mountains has led to flooding in parts of Nevada and Southern California. Authorities warned about the dangers of traveling in these conditions - there's nearly nothing to see out of the windshield, but white.