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  • 22 January 2014, 12:02

Winter Blast Dumps Heavy Snow In Northeast US

A fierce winter storm has dumped more than a foot of snow (30cm) in states across the US Mid-Atlantic and northeast, closing government offices, causing flights to be cancelled and leaving roads gridlocked.

The storm swirled over a 1,000-mile (1,600km) stretch from Kentucky to Massachusetts, with towns and cities along the Philadelphia-Boston corridor among the worst affected.

It comes just two weeks after an icy blast triggered by a kink in the polar vortex sent temperatures plummeting to record lows.

The latest bout of wintry weather dumped around 40cm of snow in Manalapan, New Jersey, while Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, got 38cm and parts of New York City had 25cm.

A driver died when his car hit a lorry on a snow-covered road around 50 miles (80km) northwest of Baltimore, Maryland, and two people were killed elsewhere in the state when two vehicles crashed in slippery conditions.

Around 3,000 flights were cancelled on Tuesday, with another 1,000 pulled from Wednesday's departure boards.

Trains were also affected, with Amtrak planning to run fewer trains on many of its lines.

In Washington, the federal government closed its offices and workers were told to stay home.

Schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky stayed closed for an extra day after the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday or sent students home early.

The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for parts of Massachusetts, where residents were told to stay indoors.

Forecasters warned the storm could be followed by a bitter cold snap as arctic air from Canada blows in, with temperatures predicted to fall below -12C (10F) in many northern, northeastern and central states.

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