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US Northeast Hit Again by Snowstorm

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Pedestrians make their way along a snow covered street during a winter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Feb. 9, 2015.

Pedestrians make their way along a snow covered street during a winter snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Feb. 9, 2015.

The Northeast United States was being hit Monday with the third major snowstorm in two weeks.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm warnings from central New York state through northern Connecticut, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

In Boston, in the East Coast state of Massachusetts, residents woke up to as much as a foot of new snow.

As of Monday, Boston had received about 1.7 meters (66 inches) of snow this winter, the vast majority in the past two weeks. City officials said snowfall levels put the winter of 2015 on pace to stand among the 10 snowiest recorded winters in Boston's history.

Cancellations, closings

Wintry conditions led to 1,500 flight cancellations around the U.S. Monday.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker asked residents of the state to avoid traveling, and many schools and government offices were closed.

The storm also delayed proceedings in two major criminal trials.

Jury selection for the upcoming trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was canceled for Monday and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was suspended for the day.

And on the West Coast of the United States, a Pineapple Express continued to produce heavy rains and high winds on Monday, the NWS said.

Late last week, parts of Northern California, Oregon and Washington state recorded 30 centimeters (12 inches) of rain between Thursday and Saturday, causing flooding and landslides in Oregon and Washington.

Some material for this report came from Reuters and AP.

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