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Latest storm has much of US reeling

A resident of Winchester, Va., had his work cut out for him.


A resident of Winchester, Va., had his work cut out for him.

PHILADELPHIA — Yet another storm paralyzed the Northeast with heavy snow and sleet Thursday, giving the winter-weary that oh-no-not-again feeling, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-encrusted South waited in the cold for the electricity to come back on.

‘‘Snow has become a four-letter word,’’ lamented Tom McGarrigle, a politician in suburban Philadelphia.

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Snow and face-stinging sleet grounded more than 6,500 flights Thursday and closed schools and businesses in the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor.

Crews in the South toiled to restore electricity to more than 800,000 homes and businesses, mostly in the Carolinas and Georgia. Temperatures in the Atlanta area, with more than 200,000 outages, were expected to drop below freezing again.

At least 20 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents, were blamed on the storm.

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Among the dead was a pregnant woman who was struck by a mini-plow in New York City. Her baby was delivered in critical condition via cesarean section.

Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington had at least 8, and the two main airports were closed. Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, its fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season — the first time that has happened since record keeping began in the late 1800s. New York City got nearly 10 inches; parts of New Jersey had over 11.

In North Carolina, the National Guard patrolled in Humvees, looking for stranded motorists. Some roads around Raleigh remained clogged with abandoned vehicles Thursday morning.

This is shaping up as one of the snowiest winters on record. As of early this month, Boston, Washington, Detroit, Chicago, New York, and St. Louis had gotten two or three times normal snowfall at this point in the season.

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