Winter Storm Niko Creating Travel Headaches in Northeast, New England

Posted February 12, 2017

If you're wondering whether winter storm Niko will affect your flight, the answer is nearly certainly yes, provided you're flying into or out of one of the cities impacted by the storm.

As tempting as it may be, New Yorkers shouldn't spend their snow day in the park, city officials said.

Boston could get up to 18 inches of snow and New York City up to 15 inches, according to the National Weather Service, although a foot in each city was more likely.

"Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times".

According to weather broadcast, the quick-moving storm is expected to move back into the sea late Thursday. Shuttle buses are replacing the Mattapan Trolley and there are about 57 bus delays or snow route changes because of the snow in several places including downtown Boston, Charlestown, Cambridge, Lynn, Malden, Quincy and Melose.

Majid Padellan ventured outside for a smoke break in Brooklyn around 1 p.m., and he said the biggest thing he noticed was the "brutal" wind.

"We urge people to stay indoors and don't get in your auto unless you absolutely have to", CT governor Dannel Malloy said.

Official recognition of the Noreaster comes via The Weather Channel, which came up with the " Winter Storm Niko " moniker.

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The National Weather Service predicted the city could see 8 to 12 inches of snow.

The good news is that the storm is expected to move out quickly.

The storm is expected to start in many areas as rain and then change over to snow - making for hard commutes.

Blizzard conditions, and even some thunder snow, rolled through Massachusetts Thursday, as the state largely came to a halt.

"It's pretty nuts here", Felecia White said as she and friends hunkered down in a restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island, waiting for the weather to improve. "If you need to go out, please don't use your auto because we need to let our Sanitation Department clear the roads", he said.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said a snow emergency went into effect at 10am local time on Thursday and remain through the storm.

Like many school districts throughout the state, almost all schools in eastern MA - including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville schools - are closed. "The fast-moving nature of this storm. speaks to some extent to what we typically get out of a nor'easter". Boston has 125 public schools attended by about 56,000 students.

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