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Blizzard slams east U.S. with feet of snow, power cuts and avalanches

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A major winter storm is unfolding across the northeastern United States and will bring travel to a halt as it dumps heavy snow across the region.

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Thousands of flights were canceled and school districts across the entire region were closed in advance of the nor’easter. Several states have declared a state of emergency, including New York and New Jersey.

Heavy snow will continue to spread across the region through Tuesday, with blizzard conditions possible from northeastern Pennsylvania through Maine.

One of the highest snow totals is 30 inches in Damascus, Pennsylvania. The northeast United States has received enough snow to cause an avalanche near Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, located northwest of Scranton.

The National Weather Service for New York, New York, reports snow totals for Central Park are up to 7.2 inches, JFK airport has received 4.7 inches, LaGuardia Airport is covered by 7.2 inches and Newark airport is slightly behind with a total of 6.4 inches.

The National Weather Service of Binghamton reports Route 92 in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, is closed due to an avalanche. Tunkhannock is northwest of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reports nearly 60,000 customers without power in the state as of 1:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday. A 72 mph wind gust was reported at Wellfleet, Massachusetts, which is 2 mph short of hurricane-force winds.

Elsewhere in New England, powerful winds toppled a wind turbine in Point Judith, Rhode Island, while a 70 mph wind gust was reported on Cape Cod.

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