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Northeast Residents Brace for Heavy Snow

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In the Massachusetts community of Whitman, crews today have been clearing away crosswalk signs, trash barrels and anything else that might get in the way of snowplows later today.

Throughout the Northeast, preparations are being made for what could be a record amount of snow today and tomorrow.

Wind gusts could reach 75 miles an hour, and widespread power outages are expected. Coastal areas that saw flooding from Superstorm Sandy could again be inundated.

Boston could get 2 to 3 feet of snow. New York City is expecting as much as a foot. 

The record snowfall in Boston was 27.6 inches, set ten years ago.

The snow began to fall this morning in some areas -- but even before then, school districts throughout New England and in upstate New York canceled classes. The governors of Connecticut and Massachusetts told non-essential state workers to stay home.

At a supermarket in Mount Vernon, New York this morning, there was a line of shoppers outside when the doors opened at 7 a.m., as shoppers stocked up for what could be a long weekend stuck at home.

Meanwhile, airlines are generally shutting down their operations this afternoon at the three big New York-area airports, as well as in Boston, Providence and other Northeastern airports.

They're hoping to resume flights tomorrow -- but that may depend on the severity of the massive storm that is threatening to dump up to three feet of snow in parts of the region.

The flight-tracking website FlightAware says airlines have already canceled more than 4,000 flights through tomorrow.

Many travelers are already steering clear of the region, and airlines are waiving the usual fees to change flights in the affected area.

Airlines are increasingly automating the process of re-booking passengers. Delta is rolling out software it calls "VIPER" -- for Virtual Inconvenienced Passenger Expedited Reprotection -- to find replacement flights for passengers whose flights have been canceled -- even if it means changing flights at an airport that could be hundreds of miles out of the way. (AP)

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