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A post-Christmas blizzard zoomed up the East Coast Sunday, threatening to bring a foot of snow and blizzards to New York City, New England and others areas Sunday, bringing holiday travel to a halt and overtaxing an already-strained emergency system.
Airports grounded airplanes and road crews rushed to pre-treat roads as the Eastern half of the nation braced for a second-straight year of brutal holiday season.
The worst is expected to hit the Northeast with up to 18 inches expected in New Jersey and blizzard warnings issued for Rhode Island and eastern Massachusets. Boston residents braced for up to 20 inches of snow by Monday morning.
Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday.
“We’re urging extreme caution in travel,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told The Weather Channel Saturday night. “Try to get home early and if you don’t have time to travel don’t go.”
A frustrated driver for the Virginia Department of Transportation was more emphatic.
“It’s a damned nightmare out here,” he said. “and we don’t have the men or equipment to deal with it.”