Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency as a huge snowstorm approaches the state.
A snowstorm sweeping into Maine has dumped half-a-foot of snow around Portland and is still falling heavily.
The National Weather Service says a blizzard warning is issued on Friday evening for the southern coast, when the main storm arrives.
Up to two feet of snow is forecast along the southern coast, along with strong gusts.
A blizzard today blew into the north-eastern United States, threatening to drop record amounts of snow around Boston.
Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which has already caused a 19-vehicle traffic pile-up in southern Maine.
Schools across the region have been closed and more than 3,000 flights cancelled.
Several thousand customers lost power in New Jersey, with officials warning the number was likely to rise as the snowfall got heavier and winds picked up.