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Storm packing heavy snow hits U.S. Midwest, Northeast

By Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:26pm EST

(Reuters) - Another round of wintry weather battered the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Saturday as a massive storm spanning more than 1,000 miles dumped heavy snow, snarling air traffic and making roads treacherous for driving.

Airlines reported weather-related delays and cancellations, with major airports in Chicago, Washington, New York City and Newark, New Jersey, scrubbing dozens of flights, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and FlightStats.com.

The fast-moving snowstorm stretched from Missouri to Maine, as a steady rain fell in the southeastern states.

The storm will "produce a pretty good swath of snow over about a 24-hour period," said Brian Korty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The heaviest accumulation was expected in central Pennsylvania, New York state and interior New England, which could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow. Mountainous areas and parts of eastern Maine could be walloped by a foot of snow.

More than 110 million people across the Midwest and along the East Coast will be affected, said AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City," he said.

By midday on Saturday, areas of north-central Illinois reported 7 inches of snow over the past 24 hours, while the town of Warsaw, New York, near Lake Ontario, reported 21 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow started falling early in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, with the heaviest accumulations expected through the evening and overnight hours, forecasters said. Up to six inches of accumulation was expected in major cities on the East Coast, forecasters said.

The same region was slammed a week ago by another massive storm system that left parts of the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast shoveling out from a half-foot of snow.

Utility companies across the region put extra crews on duty and made preparations for possible outages.

New York City's Sanitation Department for a second Saturday issued a snow alert and was readying its fleet of some 365 salt spreaders, 282 front-end snow loaders and 1,800 plows.

The driving snow was a sobering reality check for an expected 35,000 pub crawlers dressed like Santa Claus, who came to New York for the annual SantaCon. The revelers wore Santa suits or red minidresses with white trim and nearly all had Kris Kringle hats topped with a white pom-pom.

The precipitation and freezing temperatures made roads and highways treacherous for drivers. Michigan State Police said they had handled 20 crashes since midnight, including one fatal accident.

The snowstorm comes on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year during one of the shortest holiday buying seasons with only four weeks separating Thanksgiving and Christmas.

At a shopping mall north of Philadelphia, schoolteacher Amanda Nixon, 30, arrived early with her 9-year-old daughter hoping to get errands done before the snow picked up later in the day.

"We like the snow," she said, "We just don't like to drive in it."

Nixon said she thought other shoppers would put off holiday gift buying because of the second weekend of bad weather.

"I think a lot of people are nervous that this is going to be another big one," she said.

AccuWeather said the system was expected to move out of the area by Sunday, but slushy conditions could turn icy in frigid evening temperatures.

(Additional reporting by Dave Warner in Philadelphia. Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Vicki Allen and Gunna Dickson)

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Christopher December 22 2013 at 4:35 PM

We got our snow for the year. We got about 2 inches Friday and boy does that make "idiots" out of drivers around this area. My wife's Christmas party was even cancelled with only about 1/2 inch of snow. Pathetic!!!

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Mike December 22 2013 at 10:49 AM

If you live in North Georgia, just North of Atlanta on Lake Lanier you don`t shovel snow in the winter and you don`t have HOT in the winter!

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DShook December 22 2013 at 9:15 AM

For all you Easterners and Midwesteners who've moved to Texas during the last twenty years, the snow is gorgeous and loads of fun. Your really should move back there and enjoy it.

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jjbwnyc December 22 2013 at 12:26 PM

you are absolutley right...northeast is best! texas is mexico

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pdoyle822 December 22 2013 at 2:30 PM

What. And leave all that sagebrush behind!

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kayvmayo December 15 2013 at 11:37 AM

I have to say her in central FLA its 74 and we had rain. I am out of NorthCanon Snohio and tyhey can have their snow and ice and live there! Not me, I neve rwant to go back. What I left there and why is all part of the past, and all I cay say to those that live in the frozen tundra of the North and Snohio, stay warm, stay inside, and don;t get pregnant again this winter!

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elrod.porkmore December 15 2013 at 11:33 AM

why is this newsworthy its the northeast, just west of Tulsa, ok on lake keystone we had had 22 inches of snow many times

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garabian December 15 2013 at 11:28 AM

If you think it’s cold, remember Trenton.
God gave Washington a reprieve on December 14, 1776. Battered and decimated after the multiple defeats in New York at Bradywine and other battle field, Washington retreated his rag tag army to Trenton just 237 years ago yesterday with British General Cornwallis in pursuit when his Commander, Lord Howe Called off the pursuit yesterday 237 years ago.
Those familiar with the wicked weather conditions surrounding the Battle of Trenton need not be reminded of the bitter cold faced by poor, underfed, clothes ragged troops, yet they fought, won, and gave the Revolution a shot in the arm.
On December 25, 1776, just 237 years ago, Washington overcame the Hessians at Trenton with the password being “Victory or Death” and lost just 2 killed while the Hessians and British lost 328 dead.
These days when “sacrifice” seems to be an overworked and forgotten word to many, it is well to remember the Victory at Trenton, New Jersey, and to re-dedicate ourselves to a nation upon which God shed His grace.
May we never forget those who, in the Trenton Tradition, gave us a country, nation and democracy that Franklin later said “It’s up to you. We gave you a democracy if you can keep it.”
God Bless the United States of America.

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idawatex December 15 2013 at 12:06 PM

Well said patriot!
God has blessed America, now we need to praise God for his mercy on us, may we rediscover our strength and our roots that formed this nation.

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SCUL8RSB December 15 2013 at 11:18 AM

Have a nice day.

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martin3571 December 15 2013 at 11:04 AM

Can I go back and review replies to my old posts without searching for them!

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fugow6 December 15 2013 at 11:04 AM

moved from NJ to Naples Fl. 10 years ago, friends say is hot in summer.

There's no shoveling HOT

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allenlov69 December 15 2013 at 11:07 AM

Exactly and good to be hear in Lake Worth Fla.

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malony33 December 15 2013 at 11:10 AM

Did the same move involving the same states, but I'm in Bonita Springs...and there is no snow shovel in my garage. How sweet it is!

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gene December 15 2013 at 10:46 AM

Big waves here today on North Shore, Hawaii. High today will be 83.

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