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State of emergency in New York, New Jersey as blizzard comes

Staff Writer |
A major winter storm is unfolding across the northeastern United States and will bring travel to a halt as it dumps heavy snow across the region.

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Thousands of flight were canceled and school districts across the entire region were closed in advance of the nor’easter. Several states have declared a state of emergency, including New York and New Jersey.

Heavy snow will continue to spread across the region through Tuesday, with blizzard conditions possible from northeastern Pennsylvania through Maine.

Major interstates are quickly becoming slushy and snow-covered across much of central and eastern Pennsylvania as of 3:00 a.m. EST Tuesday.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has reported heavy snow with a quarter mile visibility since midnight. Around 5 inches of snow has been reported so far in the city.

Snow has started in New York City within the past hour and will continue to pick up in intensity through the morning hours.

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed a proclamation of disaster emergency for the state, deploying 700 National Guard members and 2,000 plow trucks. "Don't go to work tomorrow," he said at a press conference earlier. "Tuesday is going to be a good day to stay home."

Some cities, including Boston, have also issued a snow emergency, meaning that parking will be prohibited in parts of the city to help with snow removal.

Over 6,000 flights have been canceled across the United States due to the storm, according to the Associated Press.

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