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February 9, 2013

Storm blankets Northeast with 1 to 3 feet of snow

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BOSTON (AP) —

As the pirate flag outside her door snapped and popped in gale-force winds Saturday, she said: “My thermostat keeps dropping. Right now it’s 54 inside, and I don’t have any wood. There’s nothing I can do to keep warm except maybe start the grill and make some coffee.”

In South Windsor, Conn., Bill Tsoronis used a snowblower to carve paths through huge snow drifts in his neighborhood.

“I thought we might have 18 or 20 inches, but in some places it’s up to my waist. It’s more than I expected,” he said. Still, he said the storm was not much more than a nuisance, since the neighborhood still had power, and he said he might gather with neighbors for cocktails later in the day.

His neighbor Mike Schroder said as he brushed snow off cars in his driveway that the storm lived up to the hype.

“This is finally one they got right,” he said. He said the cleanup will take some time: “When the snow is higher than the snowblower, you’re in trouble.”

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Associated Press writers John Christoffersen in Fairfield, Conn.; Holly Ramer in Concord, N.H.; Bill Kole in Sagamore Beach, Mass.; Samantha Critchell, Karen Matthews and Colleen Long in New York and Sylvia Wingfield in Boston contributed to this report.

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