Snowstorm Hits NYC, Boston; 1 to 3 Feet Feared

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Associated Press Release

BOSTON (AP) -- A winter storm forecasters warn could be a blizzard for the history books with a potential for up to 3 feet of snow is clobbering the New York-to-Boston corridor.

More than 14 inches of snow has fallen in Belmont, Mass., just northwest of Boston. More than 13 inches cover parts of northeastern Connecticut.

Throughout the Northeast, about 350,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity by Friday night as wet snow, freezing rain and howling winds caused havoc. Most of the outages are in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Thousands of flights have been grounded. New York City's airports are closed. There's 11 inches of snow east of the city.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says: "This is a storm of major proportions."

And the National Weather Service says the worst is expected early Saturday.

BOSTON (AP) -- A storm forecasters warn could be a blizzard for the history books has begun battering the New York-to-Boston corridor, knocking out power to thousands of people.

The region's roughly 25 million people fought blizzard-like conditions Friday night, with swirling snow and freezing rain. More than 118,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity, mostly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The National Weather Service says 3 inches of snow has fallen in Boston but parts of southeast Massachusetts have 6 inches and central Rhode Island has 8.

The snowstorm has grounded flights at New York City airports amid predictions of 1 to 3 feet of snow.

From New Jersey to Maine, shoppers crowded into supermarkets and hardware stores to buy food, shovels and generators.

Snowfall is blamed for a 19-car pileup that caused minor injuries in Cumberland, Maine.