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  • 15 December 2013, 14:41

Snow Storm: Up To 35cm Falls In North America

Further heavy snowfall has blanketed parts of the United States after another weekend of wintry weather brought travel disruption to 17 states.

At least 10 inches (25cm) of snow fell across high ground in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania.

More than five inches were reported in New York City, but the weather did not stop crowds flocking to Times Square or hardy runners competing in a 15km (nine-mile) race.

Forecasters warned of near-blizzard conditions in coastal Maine, where up to 14 inches (36cm) of snow could fall, while snow showers were also possible in North Dakota, South Dakota and Michigan.

Some of heaviest snow fell around the Great Lakes and across the border in Ontario, Canada.

The winter storm caused more than 1,200 weekend flights to be cancelled, including at the internationally important Liberty and O'Hare airports in Newark and Chicago respectively.

It also created treacherous driving conditions as people headed out to complete their Christmas shopping.

A string of crashes blocked roads in Indiana, while snow and ice was reported on almost all routes between Missouri and Massachusetts.

Shopping malls were quieter than normal for mid-December, with empty parking spaces used to pile up snow swept from roads.

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