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Dec 20, 2009 9:06 AM by Associated Press

Storm wallops East Coast, heads north

The storm that has dumped up to 2 feet of snow along the East Coast is now taking aim at the Northeast.

A blizzard warning has been posted for parts of New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where forecasters expect up to 15 inches of snow.

The storm is blamed for at least five deaths, countless traffic accidents and hundreds of canceled flights. It's also emptied malls on the final weekend before Christmas. And it's prompted the NFL to push back the start times of today's games in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

States of emergency have been declared in Washington, Philadelphia, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware.

In New Jersey, a bus got stuck on snow-covered railroad tracks and was hit by a train, but no one was seriously hurt.

In West Virginia, blankets were given to hundreds of stranded motorists. The Red Cross says some were stuck on highways for up to 27 hours.

On a positive note, forecasters say a lot of people who were dreaming of a white Christmas will get their wish.

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