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Wintry storm hits Midwest, Northeast

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A major winter storm that blanketed much of the Midwest under 10 inches of snow barreled into the U.S. Northeast Friday dumping 5 to 7 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service said the fast-moving storm moved east from the Great Lakes with a mix of snow and rain on the East Coast. Parts of New England could get as much as a foot of snow.

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As Chicagoans dug out, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the landing of Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that skidded off the end of a runway at Midway International Airport Thursday night onto a busy city street. A 6-year-old boy riding in a car with his family was killed and 10 other people were injured.

Moisture from warm Lake Michigan waters increased the intensity of the snow during the storm, WGN-TV chief meteorologist Tom Skilling said.

Heavy wet snowflakes caused scattered accidents during the morning rush hour from western Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Delays plagued air travelers in Chicago, New York and Boston.

Scattered rain continued across southern Georgia and northern and central Florida.

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