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At Least 4 Die in Northeast as 2nd 'Blockbuster' Storm Hits

As much as 2 feet of snow falls from Maine to Connecticut. Power is out to tens of thousands.

January 05, 2003|From Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — Snowplow crews and residents across the Northeast shoveled out driveways and sidewalks Saturday after the region's latest storm buried some areas in as much as 2 feet of snow.

"It's too hard. I don't like all the cleaning up," Raza Khan, 38, said as he salted his driveway in suburban Green Island, where more than 18 inches fell.

At least four deaths were blamed on the storm.

The second northeaster of the season dumped 12 to 24 inches on the Albany area and the Catskills region, the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, the National Weather Service said. Parts of Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine received as much as 20 inches.

A Christmas Day storm blanketed rural upstate New York in as much as 3 feet of snow.

"These are two blockbuster storms within about a week," meteorologist Thomas Wasula said in Albany. "I've lived here all my life and I can't remember anything like this.

"This is atypical."

Utility crews were still at work Saturday restoring power to tens of thousands of customers blacked out by wind, snow and ice. Many cities were still struggling to clear streets.

"It's basically been nonstop. We'll plow a little and rest a little to get coffee and plow some more," said Bill Knapp, 51, who cleared eight gas stations several times over in Albany and nearby Schenectady.

Airports serving Hartford, Conn., and Albany canceled about 10 flights each Friday. Four flights at Albany International Airport were canceled Saturday and stranded travelers slept on cots overnight, airport spokesman Doug Myers said.

Two people were killed in traffic accidents in Connecticut, and New Jersey police said a man was killed jumping off an elevated highway to avoid an out-of-control truck. A New York man died when his snowmobile hit downed tree limbs, state police said.

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