NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2006 (UPI) — A snowstorm hit the Northeast United States dumping 20 inches of snow in some areas, canceling more than 2,000 flights and leaving thousands without power.

The hardest hit areas were west of Washington. Columbia, Md., reported 21 inches of snow and thousands in Maryland had lost power, CNN reported Sunday.

Areas near Philadelphia reported snowfalls of up to 18 inches and 23 inches of snow were reported in New York’s Central Park, the National Weather Service said.

Wind gusts of up to 40 mph near Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., caused whiteout conditions.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the storm was dangerous and urged people to stay at home. He said a decision on whether there would be school Monday would be made later Sunday.


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