(NEW YORK) — Heavy snows and frigid temperatures that slammed the Midwest moved eastward Thursday, creating blizzard-like conditions for the New York metropolitan area and New England, and affecting the work and travel plans of millions.
In anticipation of heavy snows, upwards of 2,500 flights were cancelled and 10,000 delayed with Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport feeling the brunt of 2014’s first major storm.
Predictions of snow accumulation varied from up to 10 inches in parts of New York City to over a foot-and-a-half in New England.
However, the worst part might be the cold behind the storm with temps Friday in the single digits in New York and New Jersey, colder up by Boston and as low as minus 30 degrees in Maine.
But that’s almost balmy compared to Chicago, where the wind chill will make it feel like minus 40.
Forecasters say the cold spell is going to hang around the Midwest through the middle of next week, re-invade the Northeast and even send temperatures into single-digit territories in parts of the South.
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