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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Third snowstorm in a week pushes East Coast to brink

The East Coast has been pushed to the brink by its third snowstorm in a week, which caused 5000 more flights to be cancelled or delayed Tuesday and a rock salt shortage -- and now warmer weather and rain could bring flooding.

The latest winter storm blew in early yesterday, dumping a mix of rain and light snow on the tri-state area and secured this month's spot as New York's second snowiest February on record, with a total of 28 inches falling on Central Park. The winter average for the city is 27 inches.

So much snowfall has led to critical shortages of rock salt, which is used to help melt ice and snow on roads and public areas, in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, while New Jersey scrambled to secure a huge shipment stuck at a port in Maine.

Ice covers the shoreline of Lake Michigan on a chilly Tuesday. This winters prolonged cold weather has caused more than 88 percent of the Great Lakes to be covered in ice which is near the record of 95 per cent set in February 1979

Wendy Gillund takes her horse Roscoe out for a walk in the fresh snow at the Cleveland MetroParks South Chagrin Reservation Tuesday, in Solon, Ohio

People wait in line at a food truck in Boston as snow from the latest storm to hit the area begins to fall, Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Workers clear newly-fallen snow from a street, Tuesday, in Trenton, New Jersey, after a quick-moving storm dealt several inches of snow as well as rare 'thundersnow'

Many winter-weary residents will be happy to hear we're in for a milder week ahead

Many states are over-budget for snow removal because of the relentless weather.

A 40,000-ton shipment of rock salt was stuck on a foreign ship in Searsport, Maine, days after New Jersey was denied a waiver of federal shipping rules that would have allowed it to travel to a Newark port.

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