January 3, 2014 8:00 AM, EST
Snowstorm Closes Highways, Delays Freight in Northeast

The first major snowstorm of 2014 hit the northeastern United States on Jan. 2-3, closing major highways and disrupting travel.

By the morning of Jan. 3, 21 inches of snow had accumulated in Boston. New York City was expected to receive from 6 to 10 inches.

State officials had ordered major roads closed in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, including Interstate 84 and the New York Thruway, the Associated Press reported. Jim Simpson, New Jersey’s transportation commissioner, advised motorists Jan. 2 to stay off the state’s roads during the storm, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Parcel carrier UPS Inc. said the storm caused a “major disruption” at its Louisville, Ky., air freight hub. “As a result, some shipments may experience unavoidable delays,” UPS said in a Jan. 3 statement.

Airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights, and railroads planned to run on reduced schedules, Bloomberg News reported

Much of New England is still under a winter storm warning, AP said.