Snow blanketing northeast US

2014-01-02 22:55
Two-month-old Jack Hsi takes a nap sheltered in his baby carrier while snow falls in Boston, US. (Elise Amendola, AP)

Two-month-old Jack Hsi takes a nap sheltered in his baby carrier while snow falls in Boston, US. (Elise Amendola, AP)

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Hartford - The northeastern US, including New York City, prepared on Thursday for heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures that threatened to slow the region's return to work after the holidays.

Snow began falling overnight in parts of New England and New York, but the real force of the storm was expected later on Thursday and into Friday. Temperatures were expected to drop well below freezing, according to the National Weather Service.

"There will be travel problems," said Hugh Johnson, a weather service meteorologist.

About 1 000 US flights were cancelled for Thursday, with Chicago's O'Hare and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International airports the most affected.

Up to 14 inches (355mm) of snow is forecast for the Boston area, and the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Long Island outside New York City, where up to 10 inches (254mm) of snow was expected.

The storm may be the first test of New York City's new mayor, who was sworn in Wednesday. The city, expected to get up to 7 inches (177mm), issued a snow alert.

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