New England Digs Out from Winter Storm

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Much of New England continued to struggle to dig out and thaw out Thursday after the latest blast of winter weather.

Frigid temperatures have not helped as the region was hit by its third snowstorm in three weeks.

The storm slammed into New England after crippling the South earlier this week, causing white out conditions in Massachusetts, and burying Connecticut in more than two feet of snow.

Commercial airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights, mostly in the snowy Northeast, but travelers were advised they wouldn't be stuck for days as they were after a Christmas weekend storm. New York accounted for half of the canceled flights, according to FlightAware, a flight-tracking service. 

Some parts of New Hampshire received more than 20 inches of snow. CBN News Photojournalist Ian Rushing shot this footage of Manchester residents as they shoveled their way out from under the frozen precipitation. Click here to watch.

In Maine, winds that gusted to 48 mph in Portland and 50 mph in Brooklin knocked out electricity for more than 7,000 Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers at the storm's peak, officials said. Some places in the state could see 20 inches of snow by the time final measurements are taken, said weather service meteorologist John Jensenius.

In Portland, Me., people who were snowed in used Facebook and Twitter to organize snowball fights.

"We heard there was going to be a big snowstorm. We said, 'Hey we're not working tomorrow so we should have a snowball fight.' It's sort of like being a kid again," said Scott Collins, 27.

The National Weather Service reported there is snow on the ground in every state except Florida. Even Hawaii has received 7 inches of snow on the top of the Mauna Kea mountain.

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