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Snowstorm bears down on northeastern United States, flights cancelled

Published on Jan 3, 2014 3:11 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - The northeastern United States prepared Thursday for snow, high winds and frigid temperatures, as a gust of wintry weather bore down on New England and surrounding states, cancelling flights.

Temperatures in New York were expected to drop to -12 degrees Celsius with a windchill factor of -22 degrees Celsius, according to national weather forecasts.

Tracking system FlightAware said that 1,560 flights entering, leaving or inside the United States had been cancelled as of midday, as the National Weather Service issued a storm warning for parts of New England and New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Heavy winter weather was simultaneously hitting the country's midwest, dropping a blanket of snow and cancelling flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

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