Snow Hammers The Northeast

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 11:13am

Wintry weather moves north, dumping snow from New York to Maine.

A powerful storm system has dumped record snowfall across New England in record time and canceled more than 2,000 flights.

The third major storm in three weeks buried parts of the Northeast in a foot of snow or more, bringing travel on the roads and at airports to a standstill.

In Connecticut it was slow-go on city streets in Hartford and no-go for drivers on parts of I-95.

Plows could not keep up with snowfall of two to three inches per hour.

"The idea that we had got the kinds of accumulations that we've gotten in a 12 hour period as opposed to 24 hour period, and that we're breaking 24 hour records as we stand here is quite remarkable," said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

The nor'easter swirled and stalled over Massachusetts, dumping up to two feet in some inland areas and creating blizzard-like conditions in Boston and along the coast.

The wet and heavy snow strained power lines and left an estimated 100,000 customers without electricity at the height of the storm, enough for Massachusetts governor to declare a state of emergency.

New York City received nine inches of fresh snow, but you wouldn't know it in Times Square.

Snow plows cleared streets quickly, and this storm was nothing like the post-Christmas blast that dumped nearly two feet of snow on the city.

Meanwhile, much of the nation remains under a cold spell with 71 percent of the lower 48 states covered by snow.

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