NEW: iReporter says big snowfall came earlier than usual
Maine city receives more than 16 inches of snow
Hundreds of flights have been canceled
FedEx: The weather could delay shipments
If you live in the Northeast, there is a good chance you used a snowblower this weekend.
Mounds of snow are piled throughout New York and New England after a blustery storm swept through, leaving behind more than a foot of snow in some areas.
Albany, New York, got at least 12 inches, said one iReporter.
“We usually get these big snow storms in January and the snow on the ground usually stays until springtime since it’s always cold here in Albany,” Zeynep Rice said. “Last year was a bit weak in snow until end of February actually. So we’re happy to have a solid snow covering on the ground earlier than usual this season.”
The snow started falling heavily Saturday night and was expected to continue into Sunday. When Bostonians wake up Sunday morning, they may find 8 to 14 inches of snow on the ground, with the same amount forecast north and west of the city and in New Hampshire. Areas south of Boston will see 3 to 6 inches.
The Maine cities of Biddeford (16.5 inches total) and Kennebunkport (14 inches) topped the list, while Exeter, New Hampshire, received 13.5 inches of snow over the weekend.
The good news for New Englanders and New Yorkers was that the storm quickly moved out of the Northeast.
Queens resident Lia Ocampo posted photos on CNN iReport showing a snow-covered subway platform at New York’s Queensboro Plaza station Sunday morning.
Ocampo told CNN she’s braced for more snow and a colder Christmas than last year. “We can’t do anything about the weather,” she said. “Just bundle up, warm up with hot coffee, cocoa or tea and stay positive.”
By Sunday afternoon, 350 flights into, out of, or within the United States were canceled, according to flightaware.com.
Highway traffic may be treacherous, with the problem compounded by high winds. CNN affiliate WCVB-TV reported that Massachusetts expects to use 10,000 tons of salt and 2,000 vehicles during the storm.
Frank DePaola of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation told CNN that speed limits on major roads had been lowered to 45 mph.
Those snowed in might watch the New England Patriots on TV – they’re in sunny Miami, facing the Dolphins on Sunday.
The eastward moving storm dropped snow earlier across the Midwest and western Pennsylvania, with 9 inches reported in Urbana, Illinois, and 3.9 inches at O’Hare Airport outside Chicago. Detroit reported 5.5 inches of snow, Cleveland 4.2, Toledo 5.7 and Pittsburgh 2.7.
Millions of people will experience the big chill as the system drops snow on an area of more than 1,000 miles.
FedEx said winter weather and high winds caused major disruptions at the company’s Memphis hub that could delay shipments across the United States.
Chicago has already been hit hard. The snow that fell there Saturday afternoon was wet, making it heavy and difficult to shovel. Areas south of Chicago could see 4 to 6 inches of snow.
CNN’s Adam Shivers contributed to this report.