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New York drivers spent fearful, chilly night stranded in snow

Hundreds of drivers in New York and Connecticut spent Friday night stranded on snowy highways. The Long Island Expressway was especially bad, with many drivers waiting 12 hours to be dug out.

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A car is seen buried in snow along the Long Island Expressway in the Suffolk County area of New York February 9. A blizzard packing hurricane-force winds pummeled New England on Friday and Saturday, leaving hundreds of drivers in New York and Connecticut stranded on expressways.

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Stranded for hours on a snow-covered road, Priscilla Arena prayed, took out a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote what she thought might be her last words to her husband and children.

She told her 9 1/2-year-old daughter, Sophia, she was "picture-perfect beautiful." And she advised her 5 1/2-year-old son, John: "Remember all the things that mommy taught you. Never say you hate someone you love. Take pride in the things you do, especially your family. ... Don't get angry at the small things; it's a waste of precious time and energy. Realize that all people are different, but most people are good. "

"My love will never die — remember, always," she added.

 
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