Winter storm Hercules pummels East Coast

Winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly two feet of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels the sidewalk in front of his house in New York, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. New York City public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell by morning in the first snowstorm of the winter, and it the first test for the new mayor hours after he was sworn in. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels the sidewalk in front of his house in New York, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. New York City public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell by morning in the first snowstorm of the winter, and it the first test for the new mayor hours after he was sworn in. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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