Winter storm in eastern U.S. shuts schools, cancels flights

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By Susan Heavey and Brendan O’Brien WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A winter storm dumped more than a half a foot of snow in parts of the eastern United States on Friday, forcing schools and federal government offices to close and snarling air traffic two days after a blizzard shut down a major highway in Virginia. Winter storm warnings were in effect until midday for an area reaching from Washington north into Maine, with local snowfall rates expected to exceed 1 inch (3 cm) an hour, the National Weather Service said. The storm left some parts of Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland…

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