Snowy Scenes From 2014's First Blizzard

Hercules wreaked havoc on airports and roads in the Northeast and Midwest United States.

Nascent 2014 is already off to an incredibly snowy start for much of the Northeast and Midwest United States.

After a snow globe-like NHL Winter Classic in Ann Harbor on New Year’s Day, snow continued to sweep the East Coast yesterday evening, causing school closings, thousands of flight cancellations, and significant road issues by sunrise.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo both declared states of emergency Thursday. In the New York area, snowfall ranged from 6 inches in Central Park to 12.5 inches on parts of Long Island. O’Hare airport in Chicago has registered 10 inches of snowfall since the calendar turned. Just under 2 inches fell in Washington, D.C. overnight, enough, when combined with the frigid temperatures, to cause plenty of closings around the region.

While snow accumulations may have peaked for now, many cities till face freezing temperatures, a chill expected to linger through the weekend. Below, what 2014’s weather has looked like so far, from Detroit to D.C.

Pedestrians brave wind and snow as they cross Fifth Avenue, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Snow makes it way down to the platform of the 65th Street subway station during a winter storm in New York January 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Zoran Milich)
Snow makes it way down to the platform of the 65th Street subway station during a winter storm in New York January 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Zoran Milich)
A worker clears snow from a stairway at the Astoria Blvd subway station, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks to reporters while shoveling the sidewalk in front of his house in New York, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A couple walk with a suitcase on a snow covered parking lot at Newark Liberty International Airport , Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A man bikes through the snow on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Up to 5 inches of snow have fallen in eastern New York early Thursday, but the National Weather Service said some areas from Buffalo to Albany could get up to 12 inches by the time the storm subsides on Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Snowmen sit in front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, after a winter snow storm in the nation's capital. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Ice from breaking waves coats a house along the shore in Scituate, Mass., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Cars are covered by snow in rental car parking lot at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Park crew clear the snow as visitors takes pictures of Annish Kapoor's stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings face off during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
A man walks along a snow covered Cass Avenue in Detroit, Michigan January 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)
Snow falls in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh during evening rush hour on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)\
Snow accumulates on the tinted windows of a bus stop as pedestrians walks on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Tubers slide down the "Monster Sled" adjacent to the left field wall at Fenway Park as snow falls in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Up to 14 inches of snow is forecast for the Boston area. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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