Storm progresses as expected; snow coming soon


Several flights between Dublin Airport and the United States have been cancelled this morning, due to worsening weather conditions in America. The winter storm warning will stay in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.

More than 60 percent of Thursday's flights into and out of Boston's Logan International Airport have been canceled.

The weather service predicted some parts of the Boston area and eastern ME would get 12 to 18 inches of snow, New York City 8 to 12 inches and the Philadelphia area 4 to 8 inches.

NEWARK-The snowstorm that swept across the Northeast on Thursday all but shut down the region's airports, causing a bottleneck that stretched across the nation. New Jersey authorized the closing of state offices Thursday for all non-essential employees due to the storm, and CT canceled most court activities.

Thursday's blizzard was forecast to be less severe than some previous storms that have dropped heavy amounts of snow on New York City.

Parks officials were concerned about high winds and heavy snowfall.

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Walsh said he feels the city is ready for the storm, but it's hard to fully predict the extent of the hazards.

Many schools systems were closed in the area, including Boston, Philadelphia and New York City, the nation's largest with more than 1 million students.

In advance of Niko, many airlines have posted travel alerts warning passengers their flights could be cancelled.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) urged residents to "take extra precaution and avoid unnecessary travel" as more than a foot of snow is expected in parts of the state.

Warming seas have put more water vapor into the air to fuel storms of all types, and warmer air holds more moisture as well.

Through 11:30 a.m. Thursday, some 3,212 flights were canceled and 582 delayed both within and in and out of the U.S., FlightAware data showed.