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Tornadoes and deaths in its wake, powerful winter storm aims at Northeast

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“As the storm moves East, it may not meet the criteria for a blizzard, but it will look like a blizzard,” says Mr. Kines. “There will be blowing and drifting snow.”

Many of the cities in the direct path of the storm – including Cleveland, Ohio, Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y. – can expect up to a foot or more of snow. Rural areas in Vermont and New Hampshire can expect over a foot of the white stuff.

A blog on Cleveland.com reported that heavy snow had already hit the city by 11:15 AM. By 12:19 p.m. John Horton, author of the Plain Dealer’s Road Rant column was reporting that traffic was at a standstill and that every half mile cars were sliding off I-90, a major expressway.

The deteriorating weather in the east was starting to cause significant air traffic delays. According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s web site, flights in and out of Philadelphia were delayed an average of 2 hours and 40 minutes, and one and a half hours at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

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