Blizzard conditions confirmed in some areas as storm hammers MA

The National Weather Service reports that the Hampden County town received 19 inches of snow in Thursday's storm that brought blizzard conditions to some areas.

Winter storm warnings are in effect for 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties now through 4 p.m. Thursday, while winter weather advisories are active for Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. Thursday.

But, more milder air is expected to push north toward the tail end of the weekend.

Meanwhile, New York's Big Three airports-John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport-are also being heavily impacted by Niko. Storm Team 4 breaks down the timeline here.

The snow will be heaviest tomorrow morning between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., with sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

Flakes started flying for most people around 7 a.m.

"Local power outages with downed trees and power lines possible", the NWS said in the blizzard warning.

The National Weather Service estimated that eight to 12 inches of snow in NY and 12 to 15 inches of snow in Boston are possible. By mid-morning, 6.4 inches had accumulated in Danbury and Newtown. Heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the day. The city is prepared to deploy 600 pieces of snow removal equipment, according to the Department of Public Works.

The first snow-related death was reported in New York City when a doorman shoveling snow on the Upper East Side died after slipping and falling through a glass window, New York police said.

New York City's winter storming warning is expected to be in effect until 6 p.m., the mayor said.

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.

Forecasters urged people to stay home.

The storm crippled travel by ground and air, with conditions deteriorating rapidly as the rate of snowfall increased over the course of the morning.

On Wednesday night, Flightaware.com reported that airlines had canceled more than 2,600 flights within, into, or out of the United States on Thursday in preparation for the storm.

After going from an icy morning to a spring-like afternoon on Wednesday, the weather is set to take another U-turn Thursday.

I want to emphasise to all New Yorkers, stay inside if you can. "No one ever plans to get stuck".

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s, with wind chills between 10 and 20 degrees.