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Flights canceled at Charleston airport as blizzard hits the Northeast

Flights canceled at Charleston airport as blizzard hits the Northeast

Raymond O'Keefe, of the National Weather Service, measured more than a foot of snow Tuesday afternoon in Albany. Thousands of tons of salt and sand were prepared for airport roads, parking lots, bridges and tunnels. Sullivan said her old snow shovel went missing in action.

In East Hartford, Connecticut, an elderly man died after being struck by a snow plow truck.

The storm was easily the biggest in an otherwise merciful winter that had mostly spared the region. In parts of NY state, snow piled up steadily throughout the day Tuesday.

Airlines have preemptively canceled more than 700 flights for Monday and another 800 scheduled to depart Tuesday as a late-winter season snowstorm threatens several cities in the Northeast.

Nationwide more than 6,000 flights have been canceled Monday and Tuesday. Blizzard conditions, with wind gusts exceeding 35 miles per hour, are also expected from the Philadelphia area to Maine.

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Apparently, forecasters with the National Weather Service didn't change their forecast, anxious people would mistakenly think the storm was no longer risky. Coastal flooding was also predicted. More than 5,000 flights had already been canceled for Tuesday ahead of the storm, according to flightaware.com.

The forecast prompted early decisions to close schools on Tuesday in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and many places in between.

The city's Mayor, Bill de Blasio, warned New Yorkers: "Stay off the roads; stay off the sidewalks to the maximum extent possible". They said that number is likely to rise as big airports in Chicago and NY are hit by the storm. Spring officially starts on March 20.

But residents farther inland were getting clobbered with snow. "Do not travel. If you must travel ... have a winter survival kit with you".

Coastal flood warnings are in effect from MA to Delaware. Snow fall was to be heavy at times with as much as 4 inches an hour expected to fall with winds reaching up to 60 mph (100 kph) in parts of the northeast, the National Weather Service warned. Merkel had been scheduled to arrive late Monday night for meetings with Trump on Tuesday. The city got less than 2 inches of snow.

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Washington, a city that functions badly with even small amounts of snow, was expecting 5 inches (13cm) and twice that in outlying areas. In Michigan, utility crews worked in the snow to restore power to those still without electricity following high winds that hit the state on Wednesday.

Associated Press writer Bruce Shipkowski contributed to this report from Trenton, New Jersey. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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