Snowstorm hits northeast United States and Atlantic Canada

  • At least four people have died and thousands have lost power as thick snow covers much of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

    Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and Maine are officially under a state of emergency.

    In addition, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has temporarily banned all non-essential traffic on the state's roads.

    By early Saturday, more than a foot of snow had fallen in parts of central Connecticut and Mansfield, Massachusetts.

    Airlines have been forced to cancel more than 4,300 flights while train operator Amtrak has suspended nearly all services north of the city.

    Across the border, Canadians on the Atlantic Coast are set to be hit by blizzards after heavy snow fell in Ontario.

    New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are under blizzard or storm watches.

    At least three people have been killed in Ontario.

    According to meteorologists, as much as three feet of snow could fall in some with winds reaching up to 75mph and expected to create deep drifts.

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