(NEW YORK) -- A major winter storm unleashed its fury on the Northeast affecting more than 100 million people with significant snowfall, strong winds and bone-chilling temperatures that brought all methods of traveling to a screeching halt. Suburbs north of Boston were hit the hardest with more than two feet of snow overnight, while other parts of the state were slammed with as much as 18 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Airlines across the U.S. have canceled more than 2,000 flights nationwide and there were more than 3,800 delays, according to FlightAware.com as of 10 a.m. ET Friday.
Most major cities in the Northeast have school cancellations, including New York City, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New Haven, Conn.
Forecasters say temperatures are plummeting to well below freezing and wind chill readings could hit minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. The temperatures will moderate by Sunday, but a new arctic plunge is expected to hit the Midwest and eventually the Northeast next week, bringing more snow and sub zero temperatures.
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