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Northeast returns to everyday routines after snow

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 11, 2013 at 7:08 a.m.

— As electricity returns and highways reopen, some Northeast residents are getting back to their weekday routines after the snowstorm that had millions digging out from New York to Maine.

But the routine for other New Englanders will be disrupted by school and workplace closings. For some there’s also a new worry: the danger of roof collapses as rain and warmer weather melts snow.

The storm that slammed into the region with up to 3 feet of snow was blamed for at least 15 deaths in the Northeast and Canada, and brought some of the highest accumulations ever recorded. Still, coastal areas were largely spared catastrophic damage despite being lashed by strong waves and hurricane-force wind gusts at the height of the storm.

Hundreds of people, their homes without heat or electricity, were forced to take refuge in emergency shelters set up in schools or other places. But by early Monday, power failures had dropped to 149,970 — more than 126,000 of them in Massachusetts.

Driving bans were lifted and flights resumed at major airports in the region that had closed during the storm, though many flights were still canceled Sunday. Public transit schedules were being restored.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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