Incoming storm disrupts flights, commutes and schools in eastern US

     (Electronic Image courtesy of NBC10 weather)

    (Electronic Image courtesy of NBC10 weather)

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Tuesday’s storm and a wind chill advisory for the following morning.

    Snow falling hard in south-central Pennsylvania is prompting school closings as an approaching winter storm is expected to drop up to 8 inches there and up to 12 inches of snow on Philadelphia.

    The National Weather Service says the storm could bring 8 to 12 inches of snow Tuesday to Philadelphia and New York, and more than a foot in Boston. Bitterly cold air with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero is forecast.

    Nearly 2,200 flights are canceled and thousands more have been delayed as a winter storm bears down on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

    Public schools are closed across Dauphin, Adams, York, Lancaster and Cumberland counties, while Philadelphia public schools are dismissing classes early.

    The storm is expected to make travel hazardous due to snow-covered roads and periods of low visibility as well as blowing and drifting snow. Forecasters say the afternoon and evening rush hours “will be significantly impacted.”

    An inauguration party for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that was scheduled on Tuesday night was canceled amid fears the snow would pose a travel hazard.

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