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Snowstorm hits US; over 100 flights called off

A heavy snowstorm on Sunday battered northeast coast of the US, including the capital, leaving some areas buried in about two feet of snow and hitting the travel links to the region.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 03:37 IST

A heavy snowstorm on Sunday battered northeast coast of the US, including the capital, leaving some areas buried in about two feet of snow and hitting the travel links to the region.

Washington National Airport just outside the capital closed down today after being hit by the region's worst winter storm of the year.

The National Weather Service has issued the warning for the New York City Metro area and much of the northeast saying gusty winds of up to 50 miles an hour could bring down trees and power lines.

Washington DC, which enjoyed a spring-like climate during most of this winter, started getting heavy snow fall from Saturday. The capital city and its surrounds of Maryland and Virginia are expected to be in 10-inch deep snow during the day.

With the situation threatening to affect travel, clearing crews are working overtime to keep snow off the runways at airports such as the Dulles International in Virginia. Heavy snow warning posts are also up on the way from Eastern Kentucky to New England.

But the focus is on New York, Boston and parts of New England where snowfall and blizzard have already taken its toll on travel.

With poor conditions in New York, major airlines have cancelled their operations from La Guardia Airport till noon today and some till tomorrow. Also, over 100 flights have been called off in NY's John F Kennedy airport, Port Authority spokesman for New York and New Jersey said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 03:37 IST