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Storm drops heavy snow as it heads east

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 4:40pm  ET

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Even the snowplows have had trouble dealing with the snowy conditions in Indiana, where four state plows slid off slick roads near Vincennes today. Snow was falling at the rate of three inches an hour in some spots.

Blizzard warnings have been in effect across Indiana and Ohio amid wind gusts of 30 miles an hour that blanketed roads and windshields with snow. Several eastern states are reporting widely scattered outages and treacherous roads. Authorities reported scores of accidents in western Maryland.

Two passengers in a car involved in a head-on collision in Arkansas today are among six people whose deaths are linked to the storm system.

The system that brought more than 30 tornadoes to Gulf Coast states yesterday is headed toward New England. Highway departments in northeastern states are treating roads and getting ready to mobilize with forecasts of a foot or more of snow.

The storm has forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, stranding holiday travelers trying to return home on the day after Christmas.

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125-a-07-(Matthew Winters of Urbana, Illinois, in AP interview at LaGuardia Airport)-"been in either"-While Matthew Winters waited at LaGuardia for his flight home to Illinois he mentioned that the fornt end of his holiday trip wasn't exactly perfect, either -- he had a 17-hour rainy drive to Connecticut. (26 Dec 2012)

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105-a-12-(Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware, in AP interview)-"tomorrow morning"-FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker says the storm will cause more flight problems as it hits the East Coast's busy airports. (26 Dec 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Traffic on Interstate 65 during snowstorm, Indianapolis, Indiana, on texture, partial graphic (26 Dec 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: Snowy day, McLean, Virginia, with WINTER WEATHER lettering on texture, finished graphic (26 Dec 2012)

APPHOTO NYBZ302: FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, file photo, travelers wait for their baggage at an American Airlines baggage claim at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. A massive winter storm is disrupting travel plans for tens of thousands of fliers trying to get home after Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Snow, thunderstorms, sleet, tornados and high winds have grounded planes in the nation's midsection and are expected to slow operations on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (21 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO ALGA311: Murphy High School teacher Leland Howard tries to salvage items where his algebra classroom once stood in a temporary building at Murphy High School as residents clean up and assess the damage from a Christmas Day tornado Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. With only a handful of injuries and no deaths reported statewide from the storms, the head of the state's emergency response said it was difficult to fathom how the toll wasn't worse. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews) (26 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO VAFRE104: Cars navigate a slushy S. East Street near Yowell Meadow park in the town of Culpeper, Va. An overnight storm brought rain, snow and ice to the Culpeper area on Wednesday, Dec. 26 2012. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Reza A. Marvashti) (26 Dec 2012)

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