More Than 50K Lose Power in Eastern Mass.

Blizzard conditions have been confirmed in MA and Rhode Island, including the areas of Boston, Hyannis, Marshfield, New Bedford, Block Island, Providence and Westerly.

Combine that with steady winds 25-35 miles per hour, gusting to 50 miles per hour and you get near-white out conditions at times.

Travel is not recommended during the warning. "We live in New England". Those winds may blow the snow around, especially in the northern communities, resulting in whiteout conditions.

A snow emergency has been declared in Boston.

Several inches of snow: The residents should gear up for at least a few inches of snow during the storm.

According to forecasters, the storm is expected to wrap up around 2 p.m. ET.

Yet this amount of snow isn't something NY hasn't seen before - the winter of - and while certain productions and industry events will likely experience a certain amount of disruption, the show will go on, at least on Broadway.

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Storm tapers off between 6-9 p.m., ending first to the west and last on Cape Cod.

This map from the National Weather Service shows the agency's latest snow projections for northeastern counties in New Jersey, along with New York City and Long Island.

Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are expected before it turns to snow showers this evening. Light snowfall is also expected over the Upper and the Lower Great Lakes by Friday.

There could be some spots that receive a bit more than 14 inches! Good rains are likely for many areas of Northeast United States where drought conditions are prevailing.

CT communities had 8 to 10 inches of snow by midday. Sustained northerly winds will climb to 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts to 40 or 50 miles per hour. "Then periods of snow of varying intensity - everything will be covered - with temperatures at or below freezing in Philadelphia", said Walter Drag at the NWS station in Mt. Holly, N.J.

The storm comes as a surprise to residents in the Northeast, who have been experiencing warmer weather than usual, with Philadelphia and NY seeing temperatures of 60 degrees on Wednesday. By 4 a.m. the snow was already falling in Berks, Chester, Lehigh and Northampton counties and began to spread toward Bucks and Montgomery counties turning from rain to sleet to snow. Wind chills near or below zero with actual temperatures in the single digits and teens.

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