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Some flights canceled at Tampa International Airport as storm slams Northeast

Numerous flights in and out of Tampa International Airport were canceled Thursday as a fast-moving storm slammed into the winter-weary Northeast.

Nearly 30 flights in and out of TIA were canceled early Thursday, including some flights to Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York's three major airports,

New York's airports, among the nation's busiest, saw more than 1,000 flights canceled. Philadelphia International Airport expected more than 1,000 passengers would be stranded.

The storm began Wednesday, bringing an icy mix of snow and rain, stranding hundreds of passengers, leaving more than 300,000 customers in and around the nation's capital without power, and making roads treacherous for Thursday morning commuters.

In a region already contending with above-average snowfall, the storm added several more inches. Meteorologists predicted up to 10 inches in the Washington, D.C., area; 14 inches in New York City; and about 11 inches in Philadelphia and Boston before sunshine returns Thursday.

In Portsmouth, N.H., workers were nearly out of room to stash their plowed snow.

"We probably have a five-story snow dump right now," said Portsmouth public works director David Allen. "It's time to get a lift up on it and we could probably do a ski run."

Meteorologist Neil Strauss of the National Weather Service warned of traveling in the storm and said gusts in Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts could reach 40 to 50 mph. Parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were expected to get thunderstorms, "somewhat unusual" for this time of year, he said.

Since Dec. 14, snow has fallen eight times on the New York region — or an average of about once every five days. That includes the blizzard that dropped 20 inches on New York City and paralyzed travel after Christmas. When the snows arrived Wednesday, the city already had seen 36 inches of snow this season in comparison with the full-winter average of 21 inches.

Through Tuesday, Boston had received 50.4 inches of snow, a nearly 270 percent increase over normal snowfalls of 18.8 inches at the same time in the season. The central Massachusetts city of Worcester had gotten 49.3 inches; the norm is 28.7 inches. Providence, R.I., had recorded 31.7 inches for the season, twice the norm of 15.7 inches. Bradley International Airport in Connecticut had gotten 59.1 inches of snow, more than double the normal 22.8 inches, the National Weather Service said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Some flights canceled at Tampa International Airport as storm slams Northeast 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:56am]
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