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Late snowstorm hits U.S.

Reuters

Residents clear their cars and street of snow in Weehawken, N.J., as the One World Trade Center and lower Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm on Tuesday.

Reuters NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) — A late-season snowstorm swept the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States on Tuesday, closing public school systems from Washington to Boston, grounding thousands of airline flights and knocking out electricity to 200,000 customers.

Tens of millions of residents from Maryland to Maine faced a “rapidly intensifying Nor’easter” that was rare for its arrival in mid-March, just a week before the official end of winter, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm also capped an unusually mild winter that saw otherwise below-normal snowfalls for much of the Atlantic Coast.

Many residents heeded official advice to stay home, as temperatures plunged 10 to 25 degrees below average across most of the eastern third of the country. Snow fell from the lower Great Lakes and central Appalachians to the eastern seaboard as far south as North Carolina.Speech

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