Winter Storm Niko might have most people working from home or just taking a snow day, but not Al Roker, 62.
The storm began mere hours after the end of a 60-degree day in New York City, with city dwellers shedding heavy coats and scarves for spring-like weather, only to wake in the middle of the night to the sound of several inches of snow.
Weather.com reported winter storm warnings stretched along the I-95 corridor from Maryland to Maine with snow and high winds making for a treacherous morning commute in places like Philadelphia and New York City, where drivers are being encouraged to stay off the roads.
Roads and sidewalks are slippery and poor visibility is expected due to blowing and drifting snow and temperatures gradually decline and the winds increase.
The core of the storm will occur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Boston should get about a foot of snow, with Springfield and Fitchburg, also in MA, seeing a few inches less.
And for anyone not believing we could get snow after a day in the 60s, it actually happened before - last in March 2007 when we got inches of snow a day after a day in the upper 60s. New York City could see eight to 12 inches; the Philadelphia area, four to eight inches.
A winter storm warning is in effect, covering the entire state.
Comet, full moon, and lunar eclipse visible friday night
Friday night and early Saturday morning will be a good time for some night-sky photography - or just plain skywatching. This will be its closest approach since 2011, and we won't see it again until 2022.
The good news is that the storm is expected to move out quickly. Check out SEPTA.org for service- and weather-related delays and detours.
Meteorologist Michael Palmer said the storm system was expected to be a "quick hit - in and out", with the snow expected to stop in the afternoon.
"For those people who do need to travel, we're keeping things moving", said Baker. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said snow is expected to stop by early evening Thursday. The NWS is warning of "heavy snow", 12-18 inches across much of Eastern Mass., including Needham.
"It's pretty nuts here", Felecia White said as she and friends hunkered down in a restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island, waiting for the weather to improve. But Philadelphia schools will be open Friday, officials said. The Department of Sanitation is getting ahead of the foreseen issues.
Like many school districts throughout the state, almost all schools in eastern MA - including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville schools - are closed.
In Boston, hundreds of public works trucks had already hit the road before dawn to treat streets.