Winter Storm Toby Slams Mid-Atlantic, Northeast with Snowy Blast

What spring? Winter storm headed to south-central Minnesota Friday, Saturday

The storm weakened a bit in the early hours of Thursday, and Boston expected to escape with just a few inches of snow before it tapered off Thursday afternoon.

That combination of heavy snow and powerful wind gusts could bring down tree limbs and power lines, spurring outages, the agency said. A Bellmore woman shoveling snow died of a heart attack Thursday, authorities said, and a motorist was killed in a Wantagh State Parkway crash Wednesday.

"It is above normal for March", National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Martin said Wednesday. While some parts of Pennsylvania saw more than a foot of snow, major cities along Interstate 95 saw much less.

In New Jersey, cleanup from March's previous storms was still ongoing. Port Richmond on Staten Island got 13.8 inches.

According to the Environment Canada forecast, the snow is expected to continue on Friday afternoon, with blowing snow and snow that will be heavy at times.

If the city receives some freezing drizzle, that will create some added problems, he said, but it shouldn't be too bad because it will be falling on inches of snow.

Since the winds are from the southeast, Mack expects the east and northeast areas of the city will require extra attention.

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More than 88,000 customers - mostly in New Jersey - were left without power Thursday morning. State offices were closed Wednesday due to the storm, but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said they would reopen Thursday.

Several schools districts across the tri-state began posting closures Tuesday afternoon ahead of the storm's arrival.

More than 1,000 flights in the New York City area alone were canceled, with a ripple effect on air travel around the country.

Many schools across New York, New Jersey and CT were closed Wednesday.

The flight-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 3,000 canceled flights across the USA on Wednesday, most in the Northeast.

Crews with the Long Island Rail Road worked Wednesday into Thursday morning, leading to trains being close or on schedule by 9 a.m. Amtrak plans to restore regular service to its Northeast corridor Friday. At least two traffic deaths were reported in New Jersey and on New York's Long Island.

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