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Large snowstorm hits northeast, inflicting shutdowns and blackouts

The first major snow storm in 2021 is underway. New Jersey power outages, a state of emergency declared in 44 New York counties, and the largest recorded snowfall at Chicago O'Hare Airport since 2015.

Around 1,500 customers in New Jersey were without power by Monday noon, Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter. The worst storm was still not felt. Forecasters expect a few more inches in southern New Jersey and at least another meter in the north of the state.

In New York State, snow is expected to fall at a rate of about two inches per hour this afternoon. Areas in the New York City, Long Island, and Mid-Hudson regions could see up to 2 feet of snow by Tuesday morning.

Major airlines have ceased operations to most NYC airports, and American Airlines has ceased operations in several affected states, with return flights restricted on Tuesday.

According to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, expect 2 to 3 inches an hour on Monday afternoons in Pennsylvania.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the Biden administration has contacted FEMA and is monitoring the storm.

A worker shovels snow in New York City

A worker clears snow from a sidewalk in New York on Monday, February 1, 2021.

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A resident crosses the street as snow piles up in Manhattan

People walk through the snow in Manhattan on February 1, 2021 in New York City.

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Harlem residents fight their way through the snow in New York

During a winter storm in New York on February 1, 2021, people struggle through heavily falling snow in the Harlem part of Manhattan.

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Residents enjoy a snowball fight in Washington, DC

People take part in a snowball fight as the National Mall becomes covered in snow on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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A snowman appears near the US Capitol

A snowman can be seen in the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, the United States, on Jan. 31, 2021.

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A snowman with a traffic cone near the Washington Monument

People play in the snow on the National Mall near the Washington Monument in Washington DC, Jan. 31, 2021.

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A bike ride with no traffic in Times Square

A person cycles through Times Square during a snow storm amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in New York on February 1, 2021.

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A New Yorker strolls through snow-covered Times Square

A person crosses a street during a snow storm amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, the United States, on February 1, 2021.

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A snowball fight in front of the New York Stock Exchange

People have a snowball fight outside of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during a snow storm in New York on February 1, 2021.

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The snow-covered Charging Bull on Wall Street

The Wall Street Bull can be seen in New York City during the Pass of the Snowstorm on January 31, 2021.

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A pedestrian walks through the snow in New York City

A person walks in New York City during a snow storm amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on February 1, 2021.

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Outdoor seating in Manhattan is covered in snow

An outdoor dining area is seen in the Greenwich Village neighborhood during a snow storm amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York on February 1, 2021.

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A truck spreads salt on the streets of Times Square

A truck spreads salt when snow falls in Times Square during a winter storm on January 31, 2021.

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