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A winter storm that worked its from the Midwest dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of the Northeast overnight.
23 inches have been reported in Boxford, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.
Stiff winds and bitter cold make going outside dangerous.
It was -8 degrees Fahrenheit in Burlington, Vermont, this morning, with a wind chill of -29 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here & Now is joined by meteorologist David Epstein who discusses the forecast and how to stay safe in the bitter cold.
Meanwhile, states of emergency have been declared in New York and New Jersey, and highways in New York and Pennsylvania have been temporarily shutdown.
Thousands of flights across the country have been canceled, and Amtrak is running trains on all of its Northeast lines, but on a weekend schedule.
Bart Jansen of USA Today for the latest on the storm and its effects on travelers.