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Fierce winter storm bearing down on northeast US

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some schools in the Northeast stayed closed for at least another day after the holidays while others planned early dismissals as a winter storm bears down on the region.

Snow began falling overnight in parts of New England and New York, but forecasters say it’s likely to get a lot heavier later Thursday. Temperatures are expected to plummet.

Some cities pre-emptively issued on-street parking bans. Homeless shelters are expected to fill beyond capacity.

Boston is looking at up to 14 inches of snow, and Long Island up to 10 inches with strong wind gusts.

According to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com, about 1,400 flights have been canceled nationwide for Thursday.