Snow storm threatens Eastern USA
BOSTON (AP) – A winter storm brought heavy snow, stiff winds and punishing cold into the northeastern United States today, extending Christmas break for some students while posing the first test for New York’s new mayor and perhaps the last challenge for Boston’s outgoing one.
Some schools in New England and New York closed well ahead of the snow, while cities mobilized plows and salt spreaders, and state offices sent workers home early.
Some major highways were ordered shut down overnight. U.S. airlines canceled more than 2 300 flights nationwide today in advance of the storm.
The heavy weather began rolling in just a day after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in to lead the nation’s largest city and a few days before Boston Mayor Thomas Menino ends 20 years in office.
Menino announced a parking ban and said schools would be closed tomorrow in Boston, where up to 14 inches of snow was expected.