January 26, 2015 10:50 pm
Updated: January 27, 2015 7:10 pm

Blizzard of 2015: Images of ‘historic’ storm bearing down on U.S. Northeast


WATCH ABOVE: CBS reporter Christina Hager reports Sandwich, MA, which is dealing with powerful winds and a heavy amount of snowfall over the past 24 hours.

The message from U.S. government officials across the Northeast to residents Monday has been loud and clear: go home and stay there.

A blizzard of possibly historic proportions began to bear down on the east coast as residents were told of the danger posed by the storm.

WATCH: Snow begins to accumulate in NYC

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“It is no joke to have people stranded on a highway. We’ve gone through that before,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “It is frightening how quickly a simple trip to the supermarket can wind up being very dangerous.”

READ MORE: Meteorologist apologizes on Twitter for getting #BlizzardOf2015 forecast completely wrong

Snow was blowing with growing strength in New York City Monday evening and flurries had already begun in Boston. More than 6,500 flights heading in or out of the Northeast were cancelled and could be grounded until Wednesday.

WATCH: Storm could be a matter of life or death: NY Governor

“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned. “People have to make smart decisions from this point on.”

According to the National Weather Service, parts of New York are expected to be hit with 45 to 60 centimetres of snow. The Philadelphia-to-Boston area of more than 35 million is expecting  between 30 to 90 centimetres of snow.

Global News has collected some images and video of the blizzard, and will be updating as the storm rages on.

IN PHOTOS: Blizzard begins to hit New York City and Boston


IN PHOTOS: Thousands of travellers stranded as major blizzard hits U.S. Northeast

Across social media people brave enough to venture outdoors flooded Twitter and Instagram with pics using the hashtag #Blizzardof2015.

*With files from the Associated Press


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