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Northeast continues to feel the cold

by Jorge Hernandez on December 30, 2010

The eastern U.S. continues to cope with extreme weather conditions in the wake of this week's blizzard as airlines slowly start sending out their flights again and people dig themselves out of about 2 feet of snow in some areas.

Travelers stranded at New York and New Jersey airports have been nearing the end of their ropes as more than 8,000 cancelled flights get pushed back even further. As many as 1.2 million total air travelers have been affected by the blizzard, the Washington Post reports.

According to Voice of America News, many flights have already been booked to capacity because of the busy holiday travel season as well as a reduced number of flights in general due to economic pressures.

One flight from Vancouver sat on the JFK tarmac for 12 hours because there were no gates available to dock. At least 28 international flights experienced similar delays due to a lack of available gates, the New York Times reports.

Additionally, high winds had created large snow drifts, halting buses and cars as well as trains that were stopped on icy tracks, though land travel is largely back in motion again.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come under a lot of criticism from frustrated citizens who are comparing his handling of the crisis to the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

However, Bloomberg said the city is currently using all of its resources in addition to hired and borrowed services, Voice of America reports.

Six states had declared a state of emergency, including Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.

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