Scenes From the Historic Blizzard Slamming the Northeast

Snow falling as fast as four inches per hour snarled traffic, grounded planes and shut down transportation systems. It also made walking outside very tricky.
Braving the Storm
Braving the Storm
Commuters make their way in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on Jan. 26, 2015. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, warning of a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine.
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The blizzard warnings extended as far north as Newfoundland in Canada, and winter weather advisories stretched as far south as Georgia.
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Officials have urged people to stay inside and prepare for the worst. The storm was due to peak overnight and into the morning with as much as four inches falling per hour.
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A tugboat sails the East River. Commuter rail service, subways and buses in and out of New York City stopped running, and all trans-Hudson crossings, including the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge were shut, with only emergency vehicles allowed.
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Office workers look out from office building windows as snow falls in downtown Philadelphia on Monday.
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Streets were still manageable for New York City pedestrians—for now. Thousands of flights were canceled Monday as millions of Americans in the Northeast braced for a winter storm that New York's mayor warned could be one of the city's biggest blizzards.
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Plows get mounted at a New Jersey Dept. of Transportation maintenance yard on Monday in Newark. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency saying NJ Transit will shut down late Monday.
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Dick Johnson blows snow off his neighbors driveway on Monday in State College, Pennsylvania.
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A crewmember de-ices a Frontier Airlines plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York. More than 5,000 flights in and out of East Coast airports have been canceled as the snowstorm barrels down on the region.
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Much of the Northeast, including Manhattan, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and up to 30 inches of snow.
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Store shelves were emptying as people stocked up in preparation for the blizzard.
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Sales of Snow Melt were brisk at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey.
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Some snow defenses sold out. An employee hangs a sign announcing no more snow blowers, generators, and shovels at the same Home Depot store.
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New York City snow plows fanned out across the boroughs.
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