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Powerful snowstorm blankets US east coast

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A snowstorm has hit the US East Coast, just a day after unseasonably balmy temperatures.

Meteorologists predict the busy Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor, where millions live, could get between 12-18in (30-45cm) of snow.

New York, Boston and Philadelphia have closed public schools for the day, and commuters were advised to stay indoors.

More than 3,300 flights have been cancelled, and numerous car accidents have been reported.

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Image caption Millions of Americans woke up to snow on Thursday morning, amid otherwise unseasonably warm temperatures
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Image caption A pedestrian in Brooklyn braves heavy snow
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Image caption Commuters braved the cold in Hoboken, New Jersey

New Jersey's emergency management officials reported about 50 collisions in Thursday morning's commute.

"If you need to go out, please, don't use your car," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on local television.

The snowfall comes amid a relatively snow-less winter for the East Coast.

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Image caption A van moves slowly on the Northern State Parkway
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Image caption New York City workers clear snow in Times Square
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Image caption Snow falls outside Philadelphia's City Hall
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Image caption A vendor's crisp bags accumulate wet snow in Philadelphia

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