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Summary

  1. A blizzard has hit the US north-east overnight, bringing wind gusts as high as 75mph (121km/h) and heavy snow
  2. Travel bans in New York City and New Jersey have been lifted after snowfall not as high as predicted
  3. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city "dodged a bullet" but a shutdown was in city's interests
  4. Snow is expected to continue to fall north of New York City and into Canada for most of the day
  5. Initial snow totals show the storm hit heavily overnight in Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts

Live Reporting

By Tom Geoghegan and Taylor Kate Brown

All times stated are UK

Thank you for joining us in our live page coverage of the US blizzard. As snow continues to fall in New England, follow our continuing coverage on bbc.com/news and at @BBCNewsUS.

Doggie delight

A final canine-related blizzard update - a

video of a flappy-eared dog from a local broadcaster in Boston, struggling to jump through mounds of snow.

Dog video screenshot
Other

"I'd say there's about 1 & 1/2 dogs worth of snow in West Concord," James Smith

tells WHDH. Whether he'd seen the
BBC dog depth calculator or not, we don't know.

Flights backlog

Flights may have started again at some airports but look at at this backlog...

5,111 cancellations Tuesday (after 3,265 Monday)

Another 589 cancellations Wednesday

At Boston Logan International, there were 681 Tuesday

More on

flightaware.com

Power outages

No sense of anything being over-hyped in Massachusetts, however. The island of Nantucket is without power and the coastal town of Scituate is flooded.

Power lines in Scituate
AP

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has also found himself facing questions about the travel ban.

But he defended the most as "absolutely the right decision to make" in light of the dire forecast.

Earth Cam has made a

of last night's storm.

Aircraft writer Jason Rabinowitz

tweets "The award for 1st flight out of the NYC area after #blizzardof2015 goes to.... @FedEx!"

Screenshot
Other

Portland Press Herald writer Gillian Graham

tweets: "A man clears snow from a driveway in Buxton, but roads are still untouched by plows."

Maine snow
Gillian Graham

A Facebook post from Maine appears to show major flooding in the coastal towns of Marshfield and Brant Rock

Twitter user @bxiie

tweets: "Dude, where's my car? Framingham, Mass"

Cars in snow
bxiie

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is lifting the statewide travel ban at 2pm local time (19:00 GMT). It's been in place since 9pm (02:00 GMT) last night. It was lifted in two counties earlier on Tuesday.

Broken snowploughs

Froma Harrop

Providence, Rhode Island

Every now and then, the wind bangs on the windows to keep us from getting used to it. Worcester, Massachusetts, just north of Providence, is apparently the absolute bulls-eye. By 9am it had 25 inches with no let-up. The weather people are predicting three feet. Trucks there are reportedly returning to the municipal garages with broken ploughs.

Read Froma's

full account from the eye of the storm.

Snow update

The National Weather Service now says Framingham, Massachusetts has received 30 inches of snow. Blizzard warnings are still in effect in parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

A wider view of the clouds bringing snow to the north-east.

A sat view of the storm
BBC

Franz Strasser

BBC News

Can you still see your dog? All but the tallest of pooches would be under the snow in Boston by now.

See your dog
BBC

The BBC's Paul Blake has just been to a press conference by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who says a lot of snow is still falling in the east and snowdrifts are as high as as 4-6ft. He partially lifted the travel ban for four counties but it's still in effect in other parts of the state.

Families also played in much deeper snow in Boston's Copley Square.

family plays in the snow in Copley Square during the blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Getty Images

78mph winds

Very blowy in Massachusetts. The National Weather Service said a 78mph (126kmh) wind was recorded on Nantucket, and a 72mph one on Martha's Vineyard.

"It felt like sand hitting you in the face,'' Bob Paglia told Associated Press after walking his dog in Whitman, about 20 miles south of Boston.

Under 25ins of snow

While the New York mayor is on the defensive about the storm, it's a different story for Mayor Joseph Petty of Worcester, Massachusetts. He's been telling CNN that his city is under 25 inches of snow and the clean-up operation is flat-out today and will continue into Wednesday.

Laura Trevelyan

BBC News, New York

New York City
BBC

Stuart Ferguson emails: "These are the New Jersey Shore conditions. I took the picture out of my front door window. It's still coming down here and the winds are up."

These are the New Jersey Shore conditions. I took the picture out of my front door window. It's still coming down here and the winds are up.
Stuart Ferguson

Martha Kearney

Presenter, BBC's WATO, New York

I cancelled plans for going out for the evening and watched TV, alternating between the News of Doom, Twitter with the hashtags #Snowmageddon and #Snowapocalypse, with a showing of Irma LaDouce for light relief.

From my window high up, I could see the streets gradually clearing of traffic. Around 10pm my mobile phone starting making a very loud siren style noise and I got an emergency message saying that the roads and subway would be closed and no one should go outdoors from 11pm.

After a restless night, I woke early with a sense of trepidation. But pulling the curtains, it was clear that the blizzard hadn't reached Manhattan. There had been some snow but according to one local doorman no more than normal for a New York winter.

I decided to venture outside to see the city as never before and at 6am, the streets were practically deserted. The city that never sleeps certainly seemed pretty dozy. The only vehicles about were police cars and snow ploughs. It was still freezing, though, so I headed back indoors for a cup of tea and the TV news where politicians were being grilled about their decisions to close the streets and public transport.

Nantucket Police

tweet: "Significant flooding in the Francis St & Washington St area"

Significant flooding in the Francis St & Washington St area
Nantucket Police

'No-brainer'

My job is to make decisions and I will always err on the side of caution, he said. "For me it was a no-brainer."

'Lucky' NYC

"The bottom line is: We got lucky," Mr de Blasio said.

The mayor said his son Dante's attempts to lobby for school to be closed tomorrow did not work. New York schools will reopen on Wednesday.

Mr de Blasio is still speaking. He has cautioned New Yorkers who live further east in the city to be more cautious.

Snowboarder towed

From our colleagues at PRI's the World: Seen from the newsroom windows - a snowmobile towing a snowboarder

Seen from the newsroom
The World

Colder temperatures would slow some of the work, the New York City mayor said.

The clean-up is going well but it will take the rest of the day and part of Wednesday too, he said.

"There's no question how serious it was and how serious it was predicted to be," he said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is giving a press conference now.

Simon Curtis emails a photo of ghost town New York last night. The mayor today has been

defending his travel shutdown.

These are my pictures taken on my phone this evening in NY. It was after the 11 pm traffic curfew came into affect. I live right in the heart of Manhattan so would be happy to speak about the effects of tonight's storm. All public transportation has shut down, tunnels and bridges are closed so it's going to be interesting in the city tomorrow. It already feels like the apocalypse with the city so abandoned
Simon Curtis

Cleyton Tierney emails: "Having arrived yesterday in Boston, I woke to this scene outside the hotel I'm staying at. It's eerie, beautiful and extremely cold."

Having arrived yesterday in Boston, I woke to this scene outside the hotel I'm staying at. It's eerie, beautiful and extremely cold.
Cleyton Tierney

Knee-high snow

Froma Harrop

Providence, Rhode Island

Thousands of Rhode Islanders are without electricity. (My neighbourhood has been spared so far.) Things are tougher on the coasts. The island of Nantucket is entirely without electricity.

Nobody's out on my street but a man with shovel clearing a path to a doctor's door. He gives up, and half an hour later, frankly, you can't tell he'd been there. I step out my front door into a knee-high drift.

In Cheshire, Connecticut, Mystic the dog puts our dog

snow depth chart to the test.

Mystic looks at the snow
Other

Snow continues to pile up - with totals of 20 inches in Baltic, Connecticut, 26 inches in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and 22 inches in Windham, New Hampshire, as of 10:00 local (15:00 GMT) A blizzard warning is still in effect for most of coastal New England.

State of play

Just to recap where we are, the morning after a huge snowstorm strikes the US north-east...

While people in New York City and Philadelphia are saying city officials over-reacted by shutting down travel, snow and high winds have paralysed parts of Long Island, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.

Safe roads here

If you're in New York and wondering when it's safer to drive , New York City has its own map of

which roads have been snowploughed.