(NEW YORK) — Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for what some forecasters say could be a historic snowstorm this weekend.
A blizzard warning is in effect Friday for seven states, stretching from New Jersey and New York City up through Maine. The worst of the storm is expected to hit late Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.
While only a few inches of snow are forecast to fall in Philadelphia, New York City could see up to 14 inches of the white stuff. Cities in New England, like Boston and Portland, Maine, may see up to two feet or more.
The storm is also expected to bring strong wind gusts, ranging from 50 to 70 mph. That could mean coastal flooding in areas near the water.
More than 3,000 flights have already been cancelled in response. Amtrak is also planning to suspend its train service in the Northeast Friday afternoon.
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Ralph Ellis, Ben Wedeman and Michael Pearson, CNN
Heather Kelly, CNN Newswire