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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

East Coast Digs Out From Storm

NEW YORK -- Crews digging out the eastern United States after one of the harshest blizzards on record piled snow 4.6 meters high or dumped it by the truckload into rivers.


At least 96 deaths were blamed on the storm that paralyzed much of the eastern United States under as much as 90 centimeters of snow.


Many government offices and businesses were closed for a second day, and in Washington, federal workers were told to stay home Wednesday as well.


A new but weaker storm headed for the region; 7.5 to 13 centimeters was possible overnight in Massachusetts with light snow in New York. Snow also fell again during the day in Washington.


New York's Kennedy and LaGuardia airports opened, as did Newark. But the Port Authority, which operates the metropolitan area's three airports, said airline service might not be back to normal for two to three more days.


Washington's Dulles and National airports remained closed. Philadelphia and Boston reopened. Baltimore-Washington International opened for 90 minutes, shut down again as flying snow cut visibility, then reopened five hours later.


?A blizzard is also wreaking havoc in northern Japan. Snow fell for a third day Wednesday, bringing most ground transport to a near-halt and forcing flights to be diverted.


Snow there had piled up to 65 centimeters over the 48 hours up to 9 a.m. Wednesday, and was still falling, weather officials said.