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Winter Storm Blocks Air Travel in Northeast US


A winter storm in the northeastern United States has shut down airline travel and cut power to thousands of people.

U.S. weather forecasters said more than 50 centimeters of snow has fallen in some areas since Saturday, and more snow was expected through Sunday.

Officials closed at least two major airports servicing New York City, and air traffic was disrupted at other key cities. Service resumed at Ronald Reagan National airport in Washington, which had closed earlier in the day.

Heavy snow snapped trees and power lines near Washington, cutting electricity to thousands of people.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned residents to remain indoors until roads and sidewalks were cleared.

A blizzard warning was in effect for New York city and surrounding areas. And The National Weather Service issued a heavy snow warning for an area extending from West Virginia to Maine.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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