Reports: New Jersey, Pennsylvania declare states of emergency as snowstorm gains strength over Northeast

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March 06, 2018, 10:37:21 PM EST

A major winter storm is taking shape over the northeastern United States and is expected to drop over a foot of snow across a swath of the region.

People across the region began preparing for the nor’easter on Tuesday, with states of emergencies being declared in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As of Tuesday afternoon, over 200,000 electric customers remained without power across the region from the most recent bomb cyclone.

"Airline passengers should expect a new round of flight delays and cancellations in the Northeast with some ripple-effect delays elsewhere in the nation," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Sosnowski said.

The worst conditions are expected to impact the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, before shifting into New England on Wednesday night.

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10:30 p.m. EST Tuesday:

Snow is picking up in intensity across the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas. Between 1 and 1.5 inches of snow has been reported just west of Annapolis, Maryland.

While temperatures near or slightly above the freezing mark has kept most roads mainly wet, motorists should be wary of slick spots in heavier bursts of snow.

mostly collecting on the grass but huge flakes coming down now

— B. McThundersnow (@BMcthundersnow)

9:15 p.m. EST Tuesday:

Snow is starting to mix in with the rain advancing up the East Coast, including around Washington, D.C.

Snow is expected to become more widespread across the mid-Atlantic throughout the night.

Snow quickly covered cars in Washington, D.C. early Tuesday night. (Photo/@timyowpa)

Snow mixing in with rain in Springfield, Virignia on Tuesday evening. (Photo/@wxdevin)

Traffic cameras show snow falling around Washington, D.C. (Images/

7:20 p.m. EST Tuesday:

School closures are mounting across the region for Wednesday due to the impending winter weather, including all schools in

However, public schools in New York City are still planning to open on Wednesday, according to Bell de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City.

⚠️ NYC Public Schools will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Afterschool programs will continue as planned. Field trips using yellow bus service will be cancelled.

— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools)

Airlines are already canceling flights to and from airports across the region with over 150 cancellations at Newark Airport and 240 cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport as of Tuesday evening.

Approximately 150 flights scheduled for Wednesday 3/7 have been canceled due to the nor'easter. Please confirm flight status before arriving at . [48]

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport)

4:30 p.m. EST Tuesday:

A state of emergency has been declared in New Jersey and Pennsylvania ahead of the arrival of the midweek snowstorm.

“We are working with state agency partners to make sure county emergency management coordinators have quick and unfettered access to state resources as they’re needed,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said.

There are also travel restrictions on may of the major highways across eastern Pennsylvania.

Due to the coming storm, beginning at midnight tonight, PennDOT will impose a ban on certain trucks, trailers, and recreational vehicles on selected eastern PA routes. Learn more at CC: @P_M_T_A @TruckerTweet

— PA Department of Transportation (@PennDOTNews)

Amtrak is also preparing for the nor’easter, canceling some services across the Northeast on Wednesday.

SERVICE ALERT: In preparation for the pending winter storm, some Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone Service, and Empire Service trains are cancelled tomorrow. We're in the process of contacting affected customers for re-accommodation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC)
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