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Feb 3, 2014 7:15 PM by Associated Press

First of a one-two winter punch socks eastern US

PHILADELPHIA - Several inches of wet, heavy snow in the East has snarled commutes for workers and trips home for Super Bowl fans. Schools and government offices closed and power outages were reported throughout the region.

Fat flakes in Philadelphia and New York created slushy sidewalks and streets and all but erased the memory of Sunday's weather in 50s. The storm began moving out of the region Monday afternoon, but another system is expected to sweep in from the Plains with ice and snow Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service reported about 8 inches of snow near Frostburg, Md., while parts of southern Ohio and West Virginia got about 10 inches. Totals in the Philadelphia area ranged from 3 to 9 inches; New York saw as much as 7 inches.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency with travel conditions hazardous. Nonessential government employees were dismissed early.

More than 4,300 flights were delayed and 1,900 were canceled nationwide.

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