Storm's High Winds, Snow, Sleet Lash Northeast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A strong winter storm system that pounded the nation's midsection and wrecked people's holiday travel plans has begun lashing the Northeast.

The storm has knocked out power to thousands of homes, mostly in Arkansas. At least six deaths are being blamed on the storm, which spawned Gulf Coast region tornadoes on Christmas Day and a historic amount of snow in Arkansas before pushing through the Upper Ohio Valley and heading into the Northeast on Wednesday night.

High winds, snow and sleet are hitting Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Scores of motorists have gotten stuck on icy roads or have slid into drifts.

The aviation tracking website FlightAware.com says about 1,600 flights have been canceled.

A National Weather Service meteorologist in Indianapolis says he's describing the storm as a low-end blizzard "but that's sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex."


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