Submitted by ub on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 08:54

30 inches of snow had reportedly fallen on central Connecticut by early this morning and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire had an accumulation of at least 2 feet or more of snow.

Airlines cancelled more than 5,300 flights so far and New York City's three major airports as well as Boston's Logan Airport closed down.

The National Weather Service had seen a mild winter across the Northeast, suddenly this blizzard changed everything from New Jersey to Maine. Forecaster say Boston could get close to 3 feet of snow by tonight, while most of Rhode Island could have already received more than 2 feet. Connecticut received 2 feet, and New York City about 14 inches.

Four deaths were being blamed on the storm, three in Canada and one in New York. In Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes. In New York, a 74-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Poughkeepsie; the driver said she lost control in the snowy conditions, police said.