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Winter storm pounds northeastern United States

BOSTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - A snowstorm that blanketed parts of the Midwestern United States barreled into New England on Sunday, bringing snow, freezing rain and high winds that grounded flights and made driving treacherous.

Roads were slick with snow and ice, and local airports reported hundreds of flights canceled across New England.

Upstate New York received as much as a foot (30 cm) of snow, while the storm spared New York City, leaving only a coating of icy slush. Thousands of people were without power in New Jersey, Long Island and parts of Connecticut, authorities said.

In New England, about 8 inches (20 cm) of snow fell around Boston, though the precipitation changed to rain across coastal areas by afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The wintry blast came a week after a Midwest ice storm was blamed for 13 deaths and cut power to hundreds of thousands.
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