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Clean-Up Begins in Northeastern US


February 11, 2010 — The city of Washington is still shut down after back-to-back blizzards

Snow is tapering off across the Northeastern United States, but the situation is still far from over.

There's a lot of cleaning up to do. And with resources currently stretched to the limit, that could take days.

The second major storm to hit the region in less than a week buried cities like Washington, Philadelphia, Balitmore and New York City yesterday. Up to 40 centimetres of snow fell in some places, shattering all time seasonal snowfall records.

Washington has been hit especially hard by these storms. Normally, the Nation's Capital only gets a light dusting of snow each winter; but since last Friday, more than 100 centimetres of snow has fallen. Federal agencies and schools are closed once again for the day.

Students in New York City aren't as lucky today. After enjoying only their third snow day in six years yesterday, school is now back in session.

Most airports are scheduled to re-open today, but there are expected to be more delays and cancellations. Thousands of flights were grounded in the northeast yesterday, causing travelling nightmares for many.

Getting around on the ground wasn't any easier. Several major highways were shut down yesterday. In some cities, only emergency vehicles were allowed on the roads. At one point, conditions were so bad that even snowplows were being forced to pull over.

Today, residents will likely spend the day digging out and cleaning up.

If you're in the northeastern United States, we'd love to see how this storm is affecting YOU! Upload your photos and videos to our 'Your Weather Gallery.'

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