Area Flights Grounded Due to Snow

Flights are grounded across the world due to a severe winter storm on the East Coast.

New York City and the rest of the Tri-state area is being hit by a major snow storm with blizzard-like conditions reported in some areas.

There has been a full ground stoppage at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Flight Aware reports that over 2,700 flights have been canceled worldwide because of Winter Storm Niko; about 900 local flights have been grounded due to the storm.

Schools in the city are closed Thursday with 6 to 10 inches of snow expected in Manhattan, over a foot is possible for Long Island.  

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for most of the tri-state area.  Most of Long Island is under a Blizzard Warning.

The storm will wind down by this afternoon, but accumulation could make the evening commute could challenging. Officials say this will be a heavy, thick and wet snow, which is much more difficult to clear.

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