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Published: Sunday | February 10, 2013
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Snowstorm shuts down the Northeast
Nurses walk to work before dawn outside Tufts Medical Center in Boston, yesterday after the area received about two feet of snow
NEW YORK (AP):For many in the United States Northeast, the warnings were eerily familiar: "Stock up on food and water. Stay off the roads. Be prepared to lose power".

The snowstorm sweeping through the region brought with it echoes of Superstorm Sandy, if not in intensity.

The snowy, windy system bore down on the Northeast last Friday packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions.

More than 650,000 homes and businesses in the densely populated region lost power and New Englanders awoke yesterday to more than two feet of snow.

More than 38 inches of snow fell in Milford in central Connecticut, and an 82-mph wind gust was recorded in nearby Westport. Areas of south-eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched at least two feet - with more falling.

Airlines scratched more than 5,300 flights through yesterday, and the three major airports serving New York City as well as Boston's Logan Airport closed.

Flooding was also a concern along the coast, and the possibility led to the evacuation of two neighbourhoods in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Snow piled up so high in some places yesterday that people couldn't open their doors to get outside.

Streets were mostly deserted throughout New England save for plow crews and a few hardy souls walking dogs or venturing out to take pictures.

In Boston's Financial District, the only sound was an army of snowblowers clearing sidewalks. Streets in many places were impassable.

Some of the worst of the storm appeared to hit Connecticut, where all roads were ordered closed yesterday.

The storm made travel nearly impossible even for emergency responders who found themselves stuck on highways all night. In the shoreline community of Fairfield, police and firefighters could not come in to work, so the overnight shift was staying on duty.

huge snow drifts

In the Hartford suburb of South Windsor, residents used snowblowers to clear driveways that ended in huge snow drifts, with the roads still clogged with roughly two feet of undisturbed snow.

Some cars were buried to the point where they were nearly invisible. Snow had stopped falling late yesterday but the swirling wind was blowing fine, powdery snow from trees and rooftops.

Several state police cars were also stuck in deep snow in Maine, where stranded drivers were warned to expect long waits for tow trucks or other assistance.

Even the US Postal Service closed post offices and suspended mail delivery yesterday in New England.

A little more than 11 inches of snow fell in New York City, where carpenter Kevin Byrne was seen using a scraper to dig out his car yesterday,

Nearly 22 inches of snow fell in Boston and up to three feet was expected, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches.

Governor Deval Patrick enacted a state-wide driving ban for the first time since the Blizzard of '78, a ferocious storm that dropped 27 inches of snow, packed hurricane-force winds and claimed dozens of lives.

Early snowfall was blamed for a 19-car pileup last Friday in Cumberland, Maine, that caused minor injuries. In New York, hundreds of cars got stuck on the Long Island Expressway on Friday, and dozens remained disabled early yesterday as police worked to free them.

About 650,000 customers in the Northeast lost power during the height of the snowstorm.

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