Following her 6 p.m. show at Lincoln Center, Designer Nicole Miller told CNBC that she had not taken any precautions but was not worried because the weather was forecast to worsen after her show time.
"I'm just wondering if Soul Cycle is going to be cancelled, and I was going to drive to Massachusetts, and now I'm not," Miller added.
Fashion Week attendees Drew and Lauren Zalkind originally planned to drive all the way from Boston but had to switch to traveling by train midday once the roads became dangerous. The couple came down for the latter's surprise 50th birthday celebration.
"We were worried that we weren't even going to make it and have to change all of our plans, and this is a special birthday for me…" she said. "We were running away from the weather this morning to get down here as fast as we could."
The storm mercifully arrived at the start of weekend, which meant fewer cars on the road and extra time for sanitation crews to clear the mess before commuters in the New York-to-Boston corridor of roughly 25 million people have to go back to work. But it could also mean a weekend cooped up indoors.
Before the first snowflake had fallen, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other towns and cities in New England and upstate New York towns canceled school Friday,
Airlines scratched more than 4,700 flights through Saturday, with the disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S. At New York City's three main airports, most domestic carriers planned to cease operations by Friday evening, resuming after noon on Saturday, FlightAware.com said. At Boston's Logan and other New England airports, most airlines were to cease operations Friday afternoon, and would reopen Saturday afternoon.
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"This one doesn't come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm," said Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass.
Snow from the storm, which got its name from The Weather Channel, began falling Friday morning in some areas, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into Saturday. (Read More: Finding a Storm Named Nemo)
Halfway through what had been a mild winter across the Northeast, blizzard warnings were posted from parts of New Jersey to Maine.
Wind gusts could reach 75 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October. (Read More: Are Power Companies Better Prepared This Time?)
Boston could get up to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting up to 14 inches. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby. To the south, Philadelphia was looking at a possible 2 to 5 inches.