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PHOTOS: Scenes from the storm

PHOTOS: Scenes from the storm

WINTER WONDERLAND: Millions of Americans were blasted with the first storm of 2014, which brought with it nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas, and bitter cold. Photo: Associated Press

A winter storm – the first of 2014 – dropped nearly 2 feet of snow just north of Boston, temporarily shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania and forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights nationwide menaced the Northeast on Friday with howling winds and dangerously cold temperatures.

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