Slow-moving Snowstorm Blankets Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) — A slow-moving storm dumped inches of snow on New York City, its suburbs and other northeastern cities Friday.

Schools were closed in the city, and those commuters who tried to get to work faced long delays, The New York Times reported. New Jersey Transit announced all bus service in the northern and central part of the state would be suspended until noon.

Philadelphia has already been hit hard by a series of storms in the mid-Atlantic region, making this winter the snowiest on record. Forecasters said the city would get about a foot more and predicted 20 inches in New York and 30 in areas to the north.

The snow began falling Thursday and was expected to persist in some areas into Saturday.

. “It’s pretty stationary,.” said Matt Scalora, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, N.Y.

A snow-covered tree limb in New York’s Central Park snapped Thursday, killing a man and prompting the city’s Parks Department to warn residents to stay away from city parks, CNN reported.

Air travel was disrupted at cities from Philadelphia to Boston, the Times said. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and LaGuardia in New York.

Heavy snow Thursday caused dangerous conditions and forced the closing of schools and roads, officials said. Speed limits on most major roads were cut to 35 or 45 mph.

Parts of New York had received 22-30 inches of snow by Thursday night, the NWS said. An average of 22 inches of snow fell in Massachusetts and some areas in Vermont received as much as 38 inches.

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