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Snowstorm hits much of Northeast

Bashon Mann, left, and his children sled down a hill at the Capitol on Tuesday as snow falls in Washington, D.C. Students and government workers were told to stay home because of the snow.

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Bashon Mann, left, and his children sled down a hill at the Capitol on Tuesday as snow falls in Washington, D.C. Students and government workers were told to stay home because of the snow.

A swirling snowstorm clobbered parts of the mid Atlantic and the urban Northeast on Tuesday, grounding thousands of flights, closing government offices in the nation's capital, and making a mess of the evening commute.

The storm stretched 1,000 miles between Kentucky and Massachusetts but hit especially hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston, creating perilous rides home for millions of motorists.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 10 inches of snow had fallen just outside Philadelphia in Drexel Hill by Tuesday evening, with about 6 inches in Philadelphia. The National Weather Service said parts of New York City also had about 6 inches.

Highways in the New York City metropolitan area were jammed, and blowing snow tripled or even quadrupled drive times.

"I just want to get to the Bronx," motorist Peter Neuwens lamented. "It's a big place. Why can't I get there?"

Forecasters said the storm could bring up to 14 inches of snow to Philadelphia and southern New England and up to a foot in New York City, to be followed by bitter cold as arctic air from Canada streams in. Washington was expecting 4 to 8 inches.

As of Tuesday evening, there was mostly light snow across Connecticut, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts from the Boston area southward. Snowfall totals in the region ranged from about 5 inches to 6.5 inches.

In Maryland, 8 inches had accumulated in Westminster and at least 7 inches had fallen in Frederick. The storm was blamed for at least one death in Maryland after a car fishtailed into the path of a tractor-trailer on a snow-covered road about 50 miles northwest of Baltimore.

The storm was a conventional one that developed off the coast and moved its way up the Eastern Seaboard, pulling in cold air from the arctic. Unlike the epic freeze of two weeks ago, it wasn't caused by a kink in the polar vortex, the winds that circulate around the North Pole.

Flights canceled, delayed at TIA

The winter storm affected dozens of flights at Tampa International Airport on Tuesday. As of 4 p.m., 43 flights had been canceled — 17 arrivals and 26 departures, the airport said. Also, 48 flight delays had been reported — 20 arrivals and 28 departures. Travelers were advised to check with their airline before coming to the airport. Nationally, more than 1,000 flights for today had been called off.

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