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2,300 flights canceled in Northeast U.S., all traffic impacted

Staff Writer |
Airlines had already canceled more than 2,300 flights for Thursday and nearly all were waiving change fees as a fast-moving winter storm threatened to bring heavy snow to portions of the Northeast.

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The northeastern U.S. is bracing for a powerful, fast-moving storm that is expected to bring more than a foot of snow in some places.

The storm comes a day after much of the Northeast enjoyed a brief glimpse of spring, with temperatures hitting 60 degrees in some places.

It will hit eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with rain early Thursday morning, before changing over to snow in time for the morning rush, he said.

New York City could see the first flakes by 3 a.m., while Boston and other parts of New England should expect the snow to start around 5 a.m.

The National Weather Service predicts that the Boston area and eastern Maine will get 12 to 18 inches of snow, New York City could see 8 to 12 inches and the Philadelphia area 4 to 8 inches. Near whiteout conditions are possible, with the snow expected to fall at a clip of 2 to 4 inches per hour at its peak.

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