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Storm drops blanket of powdery snow, ushers in frigid temps

A storm dropped a blanket of light, powdery snow across the Northeast and ushered in frigid temperatures Friday that were unusual even for cities accustomed to blasts of winter weather. The storm, which shut down major highways temporarily and grounded flights, was blamed for at least nine deaths in the eastern half of the country.

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Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York. The storm is expected to bring snow, stiff winds and punishing cold into the Northeast.

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A man clears snow from a vehicle on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. A winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions Friday. (/)

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A tractor-trailer overturned in the 3900 block of Molly Pitcher Highway soussth of Chambersburg, Pa. during the year's first snowsstorm Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The driver of the truck was not injured during the crash. Passersby helped the driver exit the cab. Slippery road conditions may have contributed to several accidents during the storm.

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A man uses a front end loader to pile up snow at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The New Year's Day snow storm stretched into Thursday for parts of Illinois, bringing double-digit snow totals to the suburbs of Chicago.

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Floodwaters surround a stone wall along the shore in Scituate, Mass., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. A winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions Friday.

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A man walks in the snow down a road along the shore in Scituate, Mass., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. A winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions Friday.

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Nick Manis clears the sidewalk in front of his Annapolis, Md. office, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. After a storm blew through the Washington region overnight, roads are being cleared and many schools systems are closed. The federal government and the District of Columbia government will be open Friday, but workers have the option to take leave or telework.

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Pedestrians brave wind and snow as they cross Fifth Avenue, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. New York City public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell by morning in the first snowstorm of the winter. A winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions Friday.

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A vehicle sits upside down after spinning out of control on Interstate 295 during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Portland, Maine. There have been multiple report of spin-offs and roll-overs on Maine highways during the latest storm to hit the Northeast.