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Storm Lashes the Northeast With Freezing Rain, Snow; at Least 3 Die

January 04, 2003|From Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — A powerful storm moving up the East Coast dumped a dangerous mix of freezing rain and snow across much of the Northeast on Friday, snarling traffic and giving thousands of schoolchildren an early start on the weekend.

The nor'easter -- characterized by strong northeast winds -- was expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow to New York's Catskill Mountains and the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said.

Heavy snowfall was also forecast for parts of Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

Many areas were still digging out from a Christmas Day storm that knocked out power to thousands of people.

At least three deaths were blamed on the latest storm. Two people died in separate traffic accidents in Connecticut, and the New Jersey State Police said a man was killed jumping off an elevated highway to avoid an out-of-control truck.

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