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Winter blasts and delays in the U.S.

2010-12-28 03:26:05 GMT2010-12-28 11:26:05 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A Winter storm hits the Northeast U.S. coast blanketing much of the area in snow and causing travel delays up and down the coast. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

The lion's of winter in New York City.

Snow blankets New York's public library and much of the city putting a virtual lock-down on the usual morning hustle and bustle.

Some 17 hours of snowfall made for streets knee deep in snow.

A few hearty pedestrians braved the morning commute.

"I think it's fun. It's fun to be paralyzed and not to have any place to go."

Not everyone enjoyed the winter blast.

"It was rough. They didn't do a good job plowing even for people walking and some shops had people shoveling in front of it and some shops didn't, so sometimes you had to walk in the middle of the street,"

Monday's blizzard disrupted air and rail travel throughout the Northeastern United States at the end of the busy Christmas weekend.

While some flights are still taking off from Reagan National Airport outside of Washington, DC, they are the exception -- not the rule.

Major airports across the East Coast have been shut down, resulting in canceled flights -- even in places where the snow fall was limited.

"We got into Washington, DC and they told us that flight was on time, scheduled on time, departing from Gate 31. So, we thought we were great and we get off the plane and check the monitors and it says canceled. So, now we are trying to figure our how we can get to New York and there are no flights until Wednesday the trains are all booked unless you want to pay for a first class ticket so, we are just in a dilemma."

For thousands of travelers, while the snowfall may have stopped, the delays are still far from over.

Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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