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9am today I started this post:

These are the images from last night that I promised to show you. It depicts about a mile’s worth of distance in my area and shows the beauty of the snow-covered trees.  Most of the images are of Vestal AV.’s road side with the illumination from the street lights. Some of the images are from adjoining streets but all are from the south side of Binghamton NY. The images are all hand held.

We got maybe 6 to 7 inches of snow so fair and currently are experiencing a pause in the storm. The skys are warmly lit this morning with some wind that has blown most of the snow off the trees (I’m glad that I went out last night for images). The balk of the storm stayed east of us and we have no major issue here that I’m aware of. We have been fortunate here and we give prayer to those who are not so. “God’s speed”

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Northeast slammed by ‘record-setting’ storm

The massive system dumped more than 3 feet of snow on some areas. Two states have shut down all roads, and 650,000 in the region are without power.

By Ian Johnston and Erin McClam, NBC News

Updated at 9:15 a.m. ET: Parts of New England woke up Saturday to the largest snowfall on record — more than 3 feet in places, with more to come — after a monster blizzard that packed hurricane winds, knocked out power and marooned cars.

At least two deaths were blamed on snow-related car accidents, but transportation in much of the Northeast was at a standstill. The governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island ordered all roads closed so plows could work.

“This is a record-setting storm,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “Unless you face an emergency, please stay put.”

At least 655,000 people were without power, including 405,000 in Massachusetts and 185,000 in Rhode Island.

Most major airports were closed — either officially or practically, with no flights taking off or landing. More than 5,300 flights were canceled, according to the website FlightAware. The three major New York airports were expected to struggle back to life starting at 9 a.m.

Portland, Maine, had 29.3 inches of snow at 8 a.m. ET, making it the worst snowstorm in that city’s history, the National Weather Service said. Milford, Conn., had 38 inches on the ground, and the town of Hamden, outside New Haven, reported 34 inches.

Boston had 20 to 25 inches at different spots in the city, and Central Park in New York recorded 8.1.

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday morning that 2,200 pieces of equipment were on the streets, salting and plowing. He said that all the primary streets in the city had been plowed.

“I think it’s fair to say that we were very lucky,” he said. “Looks like we dodged a bullet.”

He said the city had offered help to other places hit harder by the storm.

The National Weather Service recorded peak wind gusts of 83 mph in Cuttyhunk, Mass. — the strength of a Category 1 hurricane. There were gusts of 72 mph in Westport, Conn., and 76 mph in East Boston. Plum Island, N.Y., had gusts of 75 mph.

The National Weather Service, in a notice posted at 4 a.m. ET, warned of “hurricane force wind gusts across New England and Long Island” in addition to heavy snow. The blizzard was expected to bring extreme coastal flooding.

More than 800 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York to provide roadway support, emergency transportation and back-up for first responders, the Department of Defense said.