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.

A worker clears snow from a stairway at the Astoria Blvd subway station, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. 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. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A worker clears snow from a stairway at the Astoria Blvd subway station, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. 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. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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