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Blizzard hits Northeast

BOSTON (WKOW) -- A blizzard on the nation's east coast is burying people across New England.

Already more than 500,000 homes and businesses have lost power.

Forecasters say the blizzard could drop as much as 3 feet of snow in some areas.

People were asked to stay home and off the roads.

In Massachusetts, the governor even banned people from driving.

With some residents still struggling after Superstorm Sandy, New York governor Andrew Cuomo put a little perspective on this storm.

"We just went through some really terrible storms with Hurricane Sandy. We are not anticipating anything like that."

The National Weather Service says the worst of the storm is expected early Saturday, but it's already causing travel back-ups.

Airlines canceled thousands of flights across the country Friday; hundreds in Chicago.

In fact, airports in the Northeast, New York, New Jersey, Boston, all closed.

The ripple effect is speeding up as more bumped passengers scramble to book new flights.

Officials say thousands of people will likely have to wait it out until at least Sunday.


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