Historic blizzard buries Northeast U.S.

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Cross country skiing at U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 23 Jan 2016 (AP)

More than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow fell in a narrow band of the Northeast U.S. from West Virginia to Cape Cod in the so-called Blizzard of 2016.

Major cities were buried in snow including New York City’s Central Park with 68 cm (just shy of an all-time record), Philadelphia with 57 cm (which surpasses an entire average winter snowfall) and Washington Dulles Airport with 74 cm.

Wind gusts were reported at more than 80 km/h in many areas.

Forecasters say another storm system could impact the region later this week which may also affect Atlantic Canada.

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