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Winter Snowstorm Slams Into Northeast

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The winter storm that snarled travel across the Southeast arrived in the Northeast late Tuesday after combining with snow from the Midwest.

It is the third storm to slam into the region in less than three weeks.

As of Wednesday morning, every state in the continental U.S. had snowfall or snow on the ground, with the exception of Florida.

New York City declared a weather emergency Tuesday to avoid the criticism the city received for its slow response to clear the roads after the blizzard last month.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged emergency crews would be ready this time.  A much more aggressive approach included 1,700 plows and 365 salt trucks that were out in full force Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

In Long Island, the area could get up to 20 inches with whiteout conditions and 35 mile an hour winds.

Over in Boston, officials declared a severe snow emergency and will be under a blizzard warning from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Public school classes have also been canceled as a precaution.

Rhode Island government officials are urging all state employees to stay home.

In Philadelphia, snow totals reached five inches and in central New Jersey, about eight inches have fallen by early Wednesday morning. 

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