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Blizzard brings state of emergency to several U.S. states

Staff Writer |
As winds increase from a strengthening nor’easter, blizzard conditions will bring dangerous travel over the interior Northeast, while a wintry mix, rain and flooding continue to advance northward along the coast through Tuesday.

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The storm has forced a State of Emergency to declared in multiple states.

Blizzard conditions with heavy snow, very low visibility and drifting snow will clog streets and highways from parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New jersey to much of Maine and New Brunswick.

For thousands of miles of roads in the region, this will be an unusually cold storm for the middle of March. Much of the snow that falls will rapidly accumulate on the roads across the interior of the mid-Atlantic and New England.

Some people could become stranded on area highways. The storm has already forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights.

Blowing and drifting snow will also occur as far west as western Maryland and eastern West Virginia.

The heaviest snow is likely to fall near the I-81 corridor of Pennsylvania and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to part of the New York Thruway in the Hudson Valley of New York, I-91 in northern Connecticut and Massachusetts and I-93 in New Hampshire.

In this zone, from 1 to 2 feet of snow can pile up with locally higher amounts possible. Drifts up to several feet are likely.

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