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Atlantic Canada, northeast U.S. battles another winter storm

Liz Hall, of Albany, N.Y., digs her car out of snow in the Center Square neighborhood on Friday, Feb. 14 in Albany.

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Atlantic Canadians looking for a reprieve from messy, wintry weather won't get a break any time soon.

Environment Canada says more heavy snow, rain and wind are in store for the region this weekend.

The storm comes on the heels of a nasty mix of precipitation that hit the region Thursday and continues today, including freezing rain, thundershowers and winds gusting more than 100 kilometres an hour.

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The weather has resulted in power outages and school cancellations in some areas.

Weather warnings remain in effect in all four provinces.

Forecasters say another 30 millimetres of rain could fall today in Cape Breton, while parts of New Brunswick can expect between 10 and 25 centimetres of snow.

Southwestern Newfoundland could be hit with up to 25 centimetres of snow before it changes to rain.

U.S. Northeast remains paralyzed by heavy snow and sleet, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-encrusted South waited in the cold for the electricity to come back on.

At least 21 deaths were blamed on the treacherous weather, including that of a pregnant woman struck by a snowplow in a New York City parking lot as she loaded groceries into her car.

The sloppy mix of snow and face-stinging sleet grounded more than 6,500 flights Thursday. On Friday, the number of flight cancellations dropped to about 1,110 nationwide.

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About 1.2 million homes and businesses lost power as the storm moved from the South through the Northeast. About 550,000 customers remained in the dark, mostly in South Carolina and Georgia.

Many schools remained closed in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York state, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.

"Every time it snows, it's like, "Oh, not again,'" said Randal DeIvernois of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, which had about 10 inches (25 centimetres) of snow. "I didn't get this much snow when I lived in Colorado."

Washington, D.C., residents received 9 inches (23 centimetres) of snow, New York City received nearly 10 inches (25 centimetres), and parts of New Jersey had more than 11 inches (28 centimetres).

In New York, a woman named Min Lin died after she was struck by a utility vehicle with a snowplow in Brooklyn. Her nearly full-term baby was delivered in critical condition via cesarean section.

No charges were brought against the snowplow operator in what appears to have been an accident, police said.

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Across the South, the storm left a world of ice-encrusted trees and driveways and snapped branches and power lines.

In North Carolina, where the storm caused huge traffic jams in the Raleigh area, National Guardsmen patrolled the snowy roads, looking for stranded motorists. Some roads around Raleigh remained clogged with abandoned vehicles.

Around the country, this is shaping up as one of the snowiest winters on record. As of early this month, Washington, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York and St. Louis had gotten roughly two or three times as much snow as they normally receive.

The relentless snow and ice storms have led to the most flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

U.S. airlines have cancelled more than 75,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, including roughly 14,000 this week. That's 5.5 per cent of the 1.35 million flights scheduled during that period, according to AP calculations based on information provided by flight tracking site FlightAware.

The procession of storms and cold blasts — blamed in part on a kink in the jet stream, the high-altitude air currents that dictate weather — also cut into retail sales across the U.S., the Department of Commerce said. Sales dipped 0.4 per cent in January.

With files from Associated Press

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