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Winter storm slams north-eastern US with Arctic punch

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:36 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the north-eastern United States (US) on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions.

States across the north-east declared emergencies and warned residents not to travel during the fast-moving storm, which packed a potentially lethal combination of snow and wind, backed by temperatures up to 17 degrees Celsius below normal.

The system could dump as much as 30cm of snow on southern New England and to snarl the evening commutes of millions along the I-95 highway corridor from Boston to Washington, said Mr Bruce Sullivan, a senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

"Behind this system is a lot of strong winds, (with) very cold, bitter temperatures, so this snow is going to be around for a while," said Mr Sullivan.

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