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PHOTOS: Winter storm hits east coast with high winds and deep snow

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BOSTON (AP) — Residents of New York City in Maine woke up Saturday to half a foot (15 centimeters) of snow, and forecasters warned that could more than quadruple as a powerful northeast spurred conditions blinding blizzards with high winds and the potential for widespread power outages and coastal flooding.

Parts of 10 states and some major population centers – Philadelphia, New York and Boston – were in the path of the storm, which was expected to rage throughout the day.

A man walks down a snow-covered street in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Airlines have canceled more than 4,500 flights at some of the country’s busiest airports, according to FlightAware. Amtrak has suspended or limited service on the Boston-Washington corridor.

In West Hartford, Connecticut, a tractor-trailer crashed into snow-covered Interstate 84, closing several westbound lanes.

Officials from Virginia to Maine have warned people to stay off the roads in potential whiteout conditions. The saving grace of the storm: it hit on a weekend, with schools closed and few commuters.

Rhode Island, which was under a blizzard warning, banned all non-emergency road travel starting at 8 a.m.

“This is serious. We’re ready for this storm, and we need the Rhode Islanders to be ready as well,” Gov. Dan McKee said. “The best way to handle this storm is to stay home tomorrow.”

Delaware only allowed essential personnel to drive in two of its three counties. Massachusetts, where forecasters said some isolated pockets could receive up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) of snow, banned heavy trucks from interstate highways for most of Saturday.

A front-end loader works in front of a pile of road salt, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Shoppers packed stores on Friday to stock up on food, generators and snowblowers ahead of the northeast, a type of storm so named because its winds typically blow from the northeast as it crisscrosses the coast is.

Many hardy New Englanders took the storm in stride.

Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray jokingly invited the public to his suburban Boston home on Saturday for a free snow removal clinic.

“I will provide the walkway and multiple walkways to ensure your training takes place in the most realistic situation,” he said.

Marc Rudkowski, 28, bought French bread and wine on Friday at the Star Market in Cambridge, Mass., along with balloons and toys for his dog, who turned 1 on Friday.

“He’s going to love it,” Rudkowski said. “It’s a snow dog.”

But there were some concerns about hoarding amid ongoing supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. New England supermarket giant Stop & Shop has pleaded with customers to exercise restraint.

“We’re asking shoppers to buy what they need and save some for their neighbors,” the chain said in a statement.

Parts of 10 states were under blizzard warning: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Areas closest to the coast were expected to bear the brunt of the storm, which could bring wind gusts of up to 70 mph (113 km/h) to New England.

Water from Boston Harbor floods the roadway, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Jersey Shore is expected to receive up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow and eastern Long Island up to 17 inches (43 centimeters). Philadelphia, New York and parts of the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia could get 10 inches (25 centimeters) or more.

Virginia, where a blizzard this month stranded hundreds of motorists for hours on Interstate 95, didn’t hesitate to prepare. In Maryland, the governor has mobilized the national guard.

Washington and Baltimore were spared the worst of the storm.

Snow could fall as fast as 5 inches (nearly 13 centimeters) per hour in places including Connecticut, where officials feared they would have enough snowplow drivers amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.

A front end loader clears snow at Clipper Ship Wharf in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The worst of the storm was expected to blow Sunday morning over Canada, where several provinces were under warning.

A saving grace, at least in parts of Massachusetts: The snow is expected to fall light and fluffy as it arrives with cold weather that’s drying it out, said Judah Cohen, winter storm expert for trade firm Atmospheric Environmental Research.

That means ugly snowballs – and snow that’s less capable of breaking tree branches and bringing down power lines.

Associated Press writer Jeff McMillan of Scranton, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report; Steve LeBlanc in Cambridge, Mass.; William J. Kole in Warwick, Rhode Island; David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island; and Sarah Brumfield in Washington.