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Snowstorm battering for Boston

By Scott D'Arcy and Alex Diaz

A howling blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow on Boston as its neighbour New York City slowly blinked back to life yesterday after escaping the worst of weather.

In New England, the storm was a bitter, paralysing blast. At least 2ft of snow was expected in most of Massachusetts, potentially making it one of the top snowstorms of all-time there.

Snowplough operators around New England struggled to keep up, and Boston police drove doctors and nurses to work at hospitals. More than 7,700 flights were cancelled, and schools, businesses and government offices closed.

As dawn broke, New York had an almost eerie feel to it. No planes in the sky and no trains running underground made for an unexpected quiet. But as the storm pushed northward, it tracked farther east than forecasters had expected, and conditions improved quickly.

Meanwhile, temperatures on this side of the Atlantic could plunge as low as 10C below zero tonight as a cold front sweeps across the UK.

Wintry showers are expected to hit us hard over the next couple of days and forecasters predict more than 10cm of snow on high ground here.

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