A major winter storm in the East has caused the New York City area's three major airports to cancel more than 1,000 flights Friday, the Associated Press reported citing an airport spokesman.

About 3,000 flights circulate in the airports daily.

The storm also forced business and schools to close while made road transportation in New York City to experience delays or suspension.

Several reports of trees falling onto houses and roads due to the weather were reported. A large branch of a tree fell into a man in Central Park killing him yesterday.

The storm total snow accumulations were expected to be 12 to 18 inches in New York City and 15 to 25 inches across Putnam and Westchester Counties, the National Weather Service said Friday.

The storm is forecasted to last until Saturday.