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Major Snowstorm Hits US Northeast

Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York. Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York.
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Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York.
Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York.
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Residents in the northeastern United States are digging out their homes and vehicles after the first major snowstorm of 2014 created havoc in the region.

Officials say at least 11 deaths are blamed on the storm which swept across much of the nation's eastern half.

While the snowfall has mostly ended, dangerously cold temperatures remain.  Wind chill temperatures across a wide swath of the northeast have plummeted to around minus 20 degrees Celsius, prompting the National Weather Service to warn of the risk of hypothermia and frostbite.

The upper Midwest also remains in a deep freeze, with temperatures as low as minus 41 degrees Celsius settling over much of the region.

The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights Thursday and Friday and prompted the governors of New York and New Jersey to declare states of emergency.

Boston was hit the hardest by the snow, with up to 35 centimeters, while towns to the north got almost double that amount.   

The storm represented the first big test for New York City's newly-elected mayor, Bill de Blasio, who dispatched hundreds of plows and salt spreaders to the streets of the nation's largest city.

  • A tattered flag flies by a flooded yard along the shore in Scituate, Massachusetts, Jan. 3, 2014. A blustering winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow just north of Boston.
  • With the temperature a frightful 3 degrees Fahrenheit, Drue Ford shovels snow wearing a face mask to guard against frostbite, Jan. 3, 2014, in Brunswick, Maine.
  • Cindy Roche moves away after taking pictures of rough surf at Salisbury Beach, Jan. 3, 2014, in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in the wake of a winter storm which dumped up two feet of snow in some areas north of Boston.
  • A man photographs the Korean War Veterans Memorial after a heavy snow storm in Washington D.C., Jan. 3, 2014.
  • People ride a sled down Cedar Hill in Central Park in New York City, Jan, 3, 2014.
  • Snowmen sit in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 3, 2014, after a winter snow storm in the nation's capital.
  • A woman walks with her bicycle during a winter storm in New York, Jan. 3, 2014.
  • People have a snowball fight in Times Square in New York, Jan. 3, 2014.
  • Snow makes its way down to the platform of the 65th Street subway station in New York, Jan. 3, 2014.
  • New York City plow trucks clear the streets of Times Square, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A tourist catches snowflakes on her tongue in Times Square, New York, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A woman and a young girl wait in line at Logan International Airport during a snow storm in Boston, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • An American Airlines crew member sprays de-icing solution on a plane in Boston, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Motorists drive along a snow covered Interstate-94 in Detroit, Michigan Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Two men carry shovels as they walk along through several inches of snow in Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A park crew clears the snow around Annish Kapoor's stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park, Chicago, Jan. 2, 2014.

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