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Airlines scrapped thousands of flights by late Wednesday as a precaution including several flights out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Winter storm Niko first crept into western MA at 5 a.m., and by 9 p.m. should be headed out to sea.

By the evening commute, however, it's likely that the storm will be winding down, if not completely over, from the city to points west and north of town. Area schools are closed, from Philly to NY all the way up to Beantown, and there are reports of more than 2,700 flight cancellations in the area.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of Long Island, while a winter storm warning was issued for New York City, parts of Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey.

By Thursday morning, 9 inches of snow had fallen at La Guardia Airport, while parts of New Jersey had up to 6.5 inches of snow.

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Dozens of flights have either been canceled or delayed in and out of Nashville as of Thursday morning.

Those numbers pale in comparison to the almost 1,700 flights that have been canceled at New York City's three major airports. Meteorologists say high winds and blowing snow will reduce visibility in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The city had 2,300 salt spreaders and plows rolling, and de Blasio advised residents to use public transportation if they must travel at all.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said a snow emergency will go into effect at 10 a.m. local time Thursday and remain in effect through the severe weather.

Visit BNA's website for more flight information'.

The storm crippled travel by ground and air, with conditions deteriorating rapidly as the rate of snowfall increased over the course of the morning. Niko comes on the heels of a freezing winter storm in early January which struck the continental United States.


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