>> A winter storm packing blizzard conditions blanketing the Northeast overnight and into Tuesday, some 50 million people along the Eastern Seaboard in areas that could be affected. I'm Zach Ullman for Reuters in Times Square. The New York City subway service cancelling all above-ground transport. The city's public school system, the largest system in the country, closing schools today.
The city has staged more than 300 pieces of snow plowing equipment at the three major airports and more than 4,000 flights were cancelled ahead of this winter storm. Officials asking residents to stay home and stay safe.>> Stay off the streets, for your own good, for your own safety, but also to help the Sanitation Department to keep the streets clear.
>> We are urging the public to please stay off the roads. Am I getting this message across, that we are urging the public to stay off the roads? Urging the public to stay off the roads.>> School districts in Boston, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Philadelphia, also canceling classes.
Washington DC expected to get five inches of snow, Boston, more than a foot, New York, up to two feet. The National Weather Service saying snowfall will be so heavy at times, accumulation could be up to four inches per hour, with winds up to 60 miles per hour. Governors in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia declaring states of emergency.