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NYC, New England brace for up to 3 feet of snow

Friday - 2/8/2013, 6:49am  ET

This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:15 EST. A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 with 1 to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/NOAA)

BRIDGET MURPHY
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- Schools across New England have closed and thousands of flights have been scratched as the Northeast hunkers down for a storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow.

The snow is expected to start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October.

Boston could get up to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.

Amtrak says its Northeast trains will stop running Friday afternoon.

In New England, it could prove to be among the top 10 snowstorms in history.


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