The Latest: Schools close ahead of Northeast snowstorm

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Posted: Feb 08, 2017 11:40 PM
The Latest: Schools close ahead of Northeast snowstorm

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm predicted to hit the Northeast (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and communities will be closed Thursday because of a storm that's expected to bring a foot of snow or more to some areas of the northeastern U.S.

Airlines also are bracing for a troublesome day: The flight-tracking site FlightAware.com says more than 2,000 Thursday flights already have been canceled.

The storm is expected to hit eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with rain early Thursday morning, before changing over to snow in time for the morning commute. The National Weather Service predicted some parts of the Boston area and eastern Maine would get 12 to 18 inches of snow, New York City 8 to 12 inches and the Philadelphia area 4 to 8 inches.

Near whiteout conditions are possible, as are high winds, coastal flooding and power outages.

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2:50 p.m.

Much of the northeastern U.S. is preparing for a winter storm that could bring a foot of snow or more to some areas.

The storm is expected to hit eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey with rain early Thursday morning, before changing over to snow in time for the morning commute. The National Weather Service predicted Boston and New York City would get 8 to 12 inches of snow and Philadelphia 6 to 8 inches.

Near whiteout conditions are possible, with snow expected to fall at a clip of 2 to 4 inches per hour at the height of the storm.

High winds, coastal flooding and power outages are also possible.

Many communities across the region announced winter parking restrictions and school closures in advance of the storm.