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Snowstorm blankets Northeast

PHILADELPHIA — A few inches of snow coated the Northeast on Saturday in a storm so rare this season in the East that some welcomed it.

"We've been very lucky, so we can't complain," said Gloria Fernandez of New York City, as she shoveled the sidewalk outside her workplace. "It's nice, it's fluffy and it's on the weekend," she said of the snow, which hadn't fallen in the city since a rare October storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in parts and knocked out power to nearly 3 million homes and businesses in the region.

By midafternoon, 4.3 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park, and 3.4 inches at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Most of eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, and central New Jersey saw about 4 inches of snow, with a few places reporting up to 8 inches. Flurries and freezing rain fell around Washington.

In Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said 11 inches fell in the Bristol County town of Acushnet. Cape Cod also saw high totals, including nearly 10 inches in Bourne.

In Rhode Island, coastal areas took the hardest hit from the fast-moving storm. More than 8 inches fell in North Kingstown as well as Little Compton in Newport County. The storm was expected to move out to sea overnight.

Road conditions were fair Saturday, officials said. Few accidents were reported, helped by the lack of rush-hour traffic.

"It's a fairly moderate snowstorm, at best," said weather service forecaster Bruce Sullivan.

Flights arriving at Philadelphia International Airport were delayed up to two hours because of snow and ice accumulation, and about 35 flights were canceled, but most flights were leaving on time, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.

Snowstorm blankets Northeast 01/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 21, 2012 11:09pm]
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