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Northeast Warms Up After Being Paralyzed by Snowstorm; 6 Dead

October 06, 1987|From United Press International

The Northeast dug out and cleaned up Monday from a freak fall snowstorm that killed six people and paralyzed parts of New York and New England.

The snowstorm, which dropped a few flurries in the upper Midwest before heading east, dissipated as temperatures rose across the region. There was no snow in the immediate forecast.

However, a cold air mass crept into the north-central states, promising another round of unseasonably cool conditions for much of the eastern half of the nation through the end of the week.

The storm Sunday dumped as much as 20 inches of snow in New York's Catskill Mountains and a foot in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

An estimated 1 million New York residents and 80,000 customers in western New England had been without electricity Sunday, and by late Monday morning about 107,000 homes around Albany, N.Y., were still without power, as well as 43,000 Connecticut customers and 7,700 in western Massachusetts.

Schools in several sections of New York, Massachusetts and Vermont were closed, as were some local government offices. Most roads blocked by the snow were reopened, including the New York State Thruway and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo declared Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Duchess, Greene, Montgomery and areas in neighboring counties state disaster areas. A state of emergency was declared in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts.

Weather-related traffic accidents were blamed for three deaths in New York, two in Connecticut and one in Massachusetts.

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