(CNN) — An advancing blizzard in the northeastern United States on Sunday led officials in the region to declare weather emergencies, forced the postponement of a scheduled National Football League game in Philadelphia and grounded some homeward-bound Christmas travelers.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that the advancing storm will put the commonwealth in a state of emergency starting at 3 p.m. Patrick’s early afternoon announcement followed declarations of snow emergencies in Boston and Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the weather emergency will begin at 2 p.m. as the arriving storm is expected to dump up to 14 inches of snow in the region. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said his city’s emergency will go into effect an hour later.