Flight cancellations near 4,000 as major airports issue ground stops due to Winter Storm Niko

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The Northeast was slammed.
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Screenshot via Weather.com

A major winter storm slammed the New York metropolitan area on Thursday morning. Snow began falling overnight, with 6 to 12 inches expected to accumulate.

As of Thursday afternoon, roughly 3,800 flights were cancelled in wake of the winter storm, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Ground stops have been issued at JFK, Washington Dulles International, Newark, and Philadelphia International.

Over 4,000 flights have been delayed as of Thursday afternoon. The majority of flight cancellations are occurring at airports in the Northeast, with a little over 1,700 flights cancelled coming out of LaGuardia, Newark, Boston International, JFK, Philadelphia International, and Washington Dulles.

There are no plans to shut down Long Island Railroad or subway service as of Thursday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote on Twitter. The Metropolitan Transit Authority reported delays for all bus routes in New York City.

The MTA also advised drivers to proceed carefully on bridges.

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A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself from falling snow while approaching the Hoboken PATH train terminal, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Hoboken, N.J.
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AP Photo/Julio Cortez

New Jersey Transit reported delays on commuter rails lines and bus routes and informed passengers that system-wide cross-honoring of tickets would be underway for the duration of the storm.

We’ll continue to update this story.