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Winter storm socks the East Coast

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Heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain arebombarding the East Coast on Thursday, a day after the storm encrusted theSoutheast with ice.

Here's a sampling of what the latest round of winterweather is bringing:

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DIRE FORECAST: A National Weather Service mapof the storm showed possible effects hitting 20 states from Alabama to Maine onThursday. Winter storm warnings were issued from North Carolina to Maine.

Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow, whileWashington had at least 11, Philadelphia saw nearly 9 and New York City 8. NewEngland was receiving much smaller amounts. Parts of New Jersey had over 11inches.

The National Weather Service had called thestorm "catastrophic ... crippling ... paralyzing ... choose youradjective" for the South, including Atlanta, where a storm two weeks agocreated huge traffic jams.

By late Thursday morning, parts of northernGeorgia had over 9 inches of snow, while North Carolina ranged from 6 inches incities to up to 15 inches in mountainous areas.

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IN THE DARK: About 750,000 homes and businesseswere left without power in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama,with scattered outages reported in the Mid-Atlantic.

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TREACHEROUS TRAVEL: More than 6,000 flightswere canceled across the country, according to the website FlightAware. Amtrakcanceled some of its trains in the Northeast and the South and modifiedschedules for others.

In the Northeast, municipalities imposedparking and travel restrictions so roadways and streets would be clear forplowing. Speed limits have been lowered on some highways.

At least 17 deaths, most of them in trafficaccidents, were blamed on the storm as it made its way across the South and upthe coast.

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UPSIDE-DOWN WEATHER: While Northeast residentssuffered through bitter cold yet again, temperatures reached into the mid-60son Thursday at the Winter Games in Sochi. Russian officials say they have notneeded to tap into their snow reserves on the mountain yet and all events aretaking place on schedule.

WINTER CANCELS WINTER: A celebration of wintertourism in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, N.Y., was postponed ahead of thestorm. Plans had called for visitors take part in skiing, bobsledding and otherwinter sports at the sites that hosted the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics. A newdate has not been chosen.

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