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Major snowstorm slams north-eastern US

Published on Jan 22, 2014 4:19 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The northeastern US shivered amid heavy snowfall and far below average temperatures on Wednesday in a storm that grounded thousands of flights and triggered traffic chaos.

The nasty weather with its bone-chilling gusts and heavy snow stretched from Washington to New England. The Midwest was hit hard, too.

Taking into account the wind chill factor, the temperature in Chicago plummeted to minus -28 degree Celsius, the Chicago Tribune said.

In the nation's largest city, the Tuesday evening commute home in New York was a mess and the city was expected to get as many as 35cm of snow by Wednesday morning.

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