Snowstorm paralyzing northeast, wide ripple effects on travel

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major precautions have made in the Northeast because of a massive snowstorm expected to produce up to 3 feet of snow in some areas.

Forecasters are warning that it will build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it will last into Tuesday. The Boston area could bear the brunt of the system and could be hit with 2 to 3 feet of snow, New York 1½ to 2 feet and Philadelphia more than a foot. A blizzard warning covers a 250-mile swath of the region. Wind gusts in some areas could reach 75 miles per hour, creating white-out conditions.

More than 7,700 flights in and out of the Northeast have been canceled. Some flights may not resume again until Wednesday. Commuter railroads and some local transit systems won't be operating overnight. And getting anywhere by road in the impact zone is severely limited by bans on non-essential traffic. There are widespread cancellations of schools.

In Washington, the House postponed Monday night deliberations because some lawmakers can't get back to the nation's capital.

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