Storm Dumps Snow on Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A storm carrying the potential of more than a foot of snow is clobbering the mid-Atlantic and the urban Northeast. It's grounded thousands of flights and closed government offices in the nation's capital. And it's giving students another day off from school after a three-day weekend.

The storm, stretching for 1,000 miles between Kentucky and Massachusetts, is expected to hit hardest along the Interstate-95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston.

Forecasters say Philadelphia and southern New England could get ten to 14 inches of snow, and New York City could get up to a foot, followed by extreme cold as arctic air from Canada moves in.

More than 2,800 flights have been canceled today, with airports from Washington to Boston affected. An additional 700 flights for tomorrow are already called off.

The storm put a damper on the inauguration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a second term, forcing the cancellation of an evening party on Ellis Island.