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Winter storm lashes Northeast, causes chaos on roads

6:52 AM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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A major winter storm already being blamed for the loss of six lives is bearing down on the Northeast, bringing with it a treacherous mix of heavy rain, strong winds, freezing temperatures and intense snowfall.

The National Weather Service has warned of hazardous travel conditions, with the severe weather expected to aggressively push eastward through New York state, into New England, through Thursday and possibly into Friday morning, too.

The storm has already wreaked havoc in the nation's midsection.

Arkansas declared a state of emergency after seeing record amounts of snow and large-scale power cuts.

On Christmas Day, tornadoes battered Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The National Weather Service said early Thursday that snow was falling heavily in upstate New York, parts of Pennsylvania and some New England states.

Among the highest snow totals were 2 to five inches in southeastern Massachusetts, 3 to 6 inches in Connecticut, up to a foot in some Pennsylvania counties and 10 to 11 inches in some parts of western New York.

In Buffalo, there were warnings of near-zero visibility as high winds were expected to collide with heavy snowfall.

The system, which spawned the Gulf Coast region twisters, pushed through the Upper Ohio Valley and headed into the Northeast Wednesday night.

High winds, snow and sleet slickened roads in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, causing dozens of minor accidents and spinouts.

Forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow inland from western New York to Maine.

The system was expected to taper off into a mix of rain and snow closer to the coast, where little or no accumulation was expected in such cities as Philadelphia, Boston and New York.

The storm left freezing temperatures in its aftermath, and forecasters also said parts of the Southeast from Virginia to Florida would see severe thunderstorms.

Over 2,000 flights were cancelled on Wednesday and thousands more were delayed, according to the FlightStats.com, a flight-tracking service.

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