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Huge winter storm shuts down parts of north-east USA

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Iwan told us how he is coping with the snow in Boston

New York City has escaped the worst of the heavy snowfall that's hitting much of America's east coast states.

Earlier travel bans there have been lifted, as not as much snow fell as some had feared.

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Ben and Jake told us what the weather is like in Rhode Island at the moment

Up to 60cm of snow was still expected in places across New York state, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Boston, which is seeing some of the heaviest snowfall, has stopped public transport and car travel.

Up to 60 million people are thought to be affected by the bad weather.

New York, Boston and other US cities had shut down on Monday night, with travel bans in place on roads, subways closed and the public urged to stay indoors.

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BBC reporter Gary O'Donoghue sent this report from Boston on Tuesday afternoon

More than 7,500 flights in and out of airports along the East Coast have been cancelled since Monday, according to the website FlightAware.

Businesses and schools closed early on Monday with many not expected to reopen before Wednesday at the earliest.

Pedestrians make their way through snow in New YorkAP
This could be one of the biggest storms in New York City's history, weather forecasters warn

'Matter of life and death'

Some parts of the north-east were spared the worst predictions of the weatherman. However, Boston has had a foot (30cm) of snow, and is expecting another foot in the next three hours.

Gary O'Donoghue, BBC Reporter in Boston at 2.30pm UK time

Speaking to US TV station CNN, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the shutdown of the city: "This is a better-safe-than-sorry scenario.

"We did what was necessary to keep everyone safe."

The National Weather Service said the snow and strong winds would continue throughout Tuesday, before weakening overnight.

"In areas close to the immediate coastline... hurricane force wind gusts to near 120km/h (75mph) will be possible," the NWS said.