After pounding the Miswest and South and putting a big cramp in holiday travel, the winter storm streaking across the U.S. hit the Northeast on Thursday. Heavy snow fell through the night and early morning across New York State and Vermont in the first major winter storm this season for the region.
The North Country, including parts of the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, and the Adirondacks, are expected to see the heaviest snow.
New York Gov. Andrew Governor Cuomo activated the state's Emergency Operations Center last night to monitor the storm's impact.
The National Weather Service has estimated that as much as a foot may have fallen overnight. Visibility is limited, and "severe" snow and ice conditions are reported on many roads and highways.
National Weather Service spokesman David Roth said the Northeast’s heaviest snowfall would be in northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and inland sections of several New England states before the storm ended Friday morning and headed to Canada.
The East Coast’s largest cities — New York, Philadelphia and Boston — were seeing mostly high winds and rain Thursday morning. Other areas were getting a messy mix of rain and snow or just rain — enough to slow down commuters and those still heading home from visits with family.