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Storm blows through Northeast; 200,000 in dark in Arkansas

CONCORD, N.H. — A muted version of a winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across the Northeast on Thursday, trapping airliners in snow or mud and frustrating travelers still trying to return home after Christmas.

The storm, blamed for at least 16 deaths, brought plenty of wind, rain and snow to the Northeast when it blew in Wednesday night. Lights generally stayed on, unlike harder-hit places like Arkansas, where 200,000 homes and businesses lost power.

By afternoon, precipitation stopped in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts, though snow continued to fall in upstate New York and northern New England. Parts of New Hampshire expected up to 18 inches.

The heaviest snowfall was expected to be in northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and inland sections of several New England states before the storm heads into Canada today, the National Weather Service said.

While the East Coast's largest cities — New York, Philadelphia and Boston — saw mostly high winds and cold rain, other areas experienced a messy mix of rain and snow that slowed commuters and those heading home from holiday trips. Some inbound flights were delayed in Philadelphia and New York's LaGuardia, but the weather wasn't leading to delays at other major airports.

In Arkansas, some of those who lost electricity could be without it for as long as a week because of snapped poles and wires weighed down by ice and 10 inches of snow, officials said.

Storm blows through Northeast; 200,000 in dark in Arkansas 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:45pm]

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