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Rain and snow hit Thanksgiving rush

A wet and blustery storm along the US East Coast has dumped up to 9 inches of snow in parts of New York state - but has not caused the all-out gridlock many Thanksgiving travellers feared.

The storm made driving hazardous and delayed hundreds of flights yesterday. But many travellers marvelled at how orderly and anxiety-free the airports have been during what is usually one of the busiest days of the year.

The storm unleashed wind-driven rain along the Northeast's heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor from Richmond, Virginia, to the tip of Maine.

The National Weather Service says New York City had more than 2ins of rain and felt wind gusts of about 50mph.

One big question lingers in New York: Will high winds ground Snoopy and the other giant cartoon character balloons at the traditional Macy's Thanksgiving parade today?

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