Snow starts to fall as storm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast US



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NEW YORK (AP) — The snow fall totals are being measured in inches for now, but forecasters say the final totals are likely to be in feet as a major winter storm hits the Northeast.

More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor have rushed to get home today as governors in the affected states took pre-emptive action, ordering roads to be closed to all but emergency vehicles and asking residents to stay out of the streets.

FlightAware.com says more than 6,700 U.S. flights through tomorrow have already been scrubbed, according to tracking service FlightAware.com, and another 2,000 have been delayed. And the cancelations and delays are expected spill over into Wednesday, if not longer.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, meaning heavy, blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions. Forecasters warned that the wind could gust to 75 mph or more along the Massachusetts coast and up 50 mph farther inland.

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259-a-10-(Bob Oravec (ohr-ah-VEHK'), lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"part of Tuesday"-National Weather Service lead forecaster Bob Oravec says it is going to snow heavily all night from New York to Boston. Updated: 01/26/2015-06:35:21 PM ET (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *259 (01/26/15)££ 00:10 "part of Tuesday"

260-a-14-(Bob Oravec (ohr-ah-VEHK'), lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"the Maine coast"-National Weather Service lead forecaster Bob Oravec says most of the Northeast coast is under a blizzard warning until early Wednesday morning. Updated: 01/26/2015-06:35:21 PM ET (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *260 (01/26/15)££ 00:14 "the Maine coast"

261-a-12-(Bob Oravec (ohr-ah-VEHK'), lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"up through Boston"-National Weather Service lead forecaster Bob Oravec says snow will be falling at a rate of three to four inches an hour overnight and Tuesday. Updated: 01/26/2015-06:35:21 PM ET (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *261 (01/26/15)££ 00:12 "up through Boston"

263-a-14-(Bob Oravec (ohr-ah-VEHK'), lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"northeastern United States"-National Weather Service lead forecaster Bob Oravec says with several feet of snow and deep drifting likely, it could be days before people will be able to get around after the storm. Updated: 01/26/2015-06:35:21 PM ET (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *263 (01/26/15)££ 00:14 "northeastern United States"

255-w-34-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Governor Andrew Cuomo, D- N.Y.)--A big chunk of New York state is looking at a total travel ban in the face of a blizzard expected to bring a foot and a half of snow. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (26 Jan 2015)

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257-a-14-(Governor Andrew Cuomo, D- N.Y., at news conference)-"for emergency personnel"-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's imposing an absolute driving ban on the emergency area. Updated: 01/26/2015-06:33:27 PM ET (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *257 (01/26/15)££ 00:14 "for emergency personnel"

256-a-11-(Governor Andrew Cuomo, D- N.Y., at news conference)-"start back up"-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says all subway service will be suspended during the storm. (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *256 (01/26/15)££ 00:11 "start back up"

266-a-10-(Governor Dannel Malloy, D-Conn., at news conference)-"period of time"-Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says utilities don't know how long any power outages could last. (26 Jan 2015)

<<CUT *266 (01/26/15)££ 00:10 "period of time"

APPHOTO NYBM202: A child is pulled in a sleigh along the snow covered Brooklyn Promenade in the foreground of the Manhattan skyline, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York. More than 35 million people along the northeast corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (26 Jan 2015)

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APPHOTO NYBM203: Pedestrians walk through wind-swept snow in downtown Brooklyn, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York. More than 35 million people along the northeast corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (26 Jan 2015)

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APPHOTO NYKW101: A man skis in Prospect Park, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Cities from Boston to New York and Philadelphia began shutting down Monday against a monster storm that could unload up to 3 feet of snow on a region of more than 35 million people. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (26 Jan 2015)

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