Northeast hit with Blizzard of 2015

  • A man battles fierce headwinds as he walks on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, during a blizzard, Jan 27, 2015.
  • Snow blankets the South End neighborhood during a blizzard on Jan. 27, 2015 in Boston, Mass.
  • A man walks out of an ocean front house covered in ice during a winter blizzard in Marshfield, Mass., Jan. 27, 2015.
  • An electric worker for NStar cuts a downed line during a winter blizzard in Marshfield, Mass. on Jan. 27, 2015. 
  • A man walks down a snowy Winthrop Shore Drive following an overnight blizzard Jan. 27, 2015 in Winthrop, Mass.
  • Taylor Millar, left, hugs her friend Jennifer Bruno, after Bruno was forced to vacate her house when it was heavily damaged by ocean waves in a winter storm, on Jan. 27, 2015, in Marshfield, Mass. 
  • Two commuters pass through a hallway in Grand Central Station terminal in Midtown Manhattan in New York City on Jan. 27, 2015. 
  • Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate, Mass., on Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. 
  • A Long Island Railroad train is seen parked at the Port Washington station in Port Washington, New York Jan. 27, 2015.
  • A pedestrian makes his way through the closed streets of Boston, Mass. on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • A man uses a snowmobile to travel along a street before dawn during a winter snowstorm on Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston. 
  • A man spreads salt in front of the Caesars Casino, on Jan. 27, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ. 
  • The streets of New Haven, Connecticut, are deserted after a travel ban was put in place Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A worker pushes a snow blower down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • People wait in a line at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Jan. 26, 2015 in New York City.
  • Falling snow is illuminated by a street lamp in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan 26, 2015.
  • A man makes his way through the falling snow in Times Square in New York, on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A view of Herald Square in Manhattan, New York City as snow begins to fall on Jan 26, 2015.
  • Fruit is covered in a light dusting of snow outside a grocery store on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan 26, 2015.
  • Commuters wait for a bus on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Francisco Mathurine, of the Times Square Alliance, clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York, on Jan. 26, 2015. 
  • Carlos Lerena, a visitor to New York from Miami, Fla, looks through a pair of binoculars from Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center during the beginning of a blizzard on Jan. 26, 2015 in New York City.
  • Karen Barker, center right, and her daughter, Grace Barker, 13, wait in line to see if they will be able to board a rescheduled flight to Texas at LaGuardia Airport in New York, on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A package of mini bagels sits on a sparse shelf of bread items at a grocery store in Port Washington, Long Island, New York on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • A woman walks though Central Park as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York on Jan. 26, 2015. 
  • A man de-ices a plane during a light snow on the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Jan. 26, 2015. Airlines cancelled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region. 
  • Crews load road salt into trucks in Chelsea, Mass. on Jan. 26, 2015 ahead of a major winter storm forecasted for the northeastern United States. 

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The blizzard predicted to cause crippling damage throughout the East Coast early this week has parked itself in the eastern sections of New England, including Worcester, Massachusetts, where the nonstop snowfall was just seven inches away from making history at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The city is closing in on an all-time record snowfall of 32.1 inches. NBC News’ meteorologist Bill Karins expected the heavy snow to continue in the region throughout the morning, and predicted as much as 40 inches of snow to fall in Worcester.

At least 14,000 people are in the dark without power in Massachusetts, where residents were experiencing white-out conditions and flooding is a major concern. Up to four inches of snow an hour fell in parts of the Northeast in the early morning, as the storm, named “Juno,” brought typically bustling cities to an eerie standstill.

Meanwhile in the New York region, residents were spared compared to their northern counterparts. By Tuesday morning, the accumulation in the city reportedly was eight to 12 inches of snow. The city is now in a winter storm warning, lifted from a previous blizzard warning that took effect on Monday.
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted the travel ban for New York, except for Suffolk County on Long Island, where a blizzard warning was still in effect. The Long Island Expressway, sometimes called “the world’s biggest parking lot,” was eerily empty on Tuesday morning. At least one death was reported on Long Island, where a 17-year-old died in a sledding accident. Public transportation in the city restarted at 9 a.m.

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