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.

Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York. The storm is expected to bring snow, stiff winds and punishing cold into the Northeast. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Children make a snow pile in Times Square, during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York. The storm is expected to bring snow, stiff winds and punishing cold into the Northeast. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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