Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued January 22 at 6:42PM EST expiring January 22 at 7:45PM EST in effect for: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Sumter
Tornado Watch issued January 22 at 6:32PM EST expiring January 22 at 10:00PM EST in effect for: Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter
Coastal Flood Statement issued January 22 at 5:01AM EST expiring January 23 at 12:15AM EST in effect for: Pinellas
High Surf Advisory issued January 22 at 5:01AM EST expiring January 24 at 1:00PM EST in effect for: Pinellas
Lake Wind Advisory issued January 21 at 2:56PM EST expiring January 23 at 7:00PM EST in effect for: DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter
By RODRIQUE NGOWI and SYLVIA WINGFIELD Associated Press
4:53 AM, Jan 3, 2014
5:54 PM, Jan 3, 2014
BOSTON (AP) - A blustery winter storm that dropped nearly two feet of snow has led to at least nine deaths in the eastern half of the country.
Click video to watch report from Tampa International Airport.
Slick roads have caused traffic deaths in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
A massive pile of salt fell on a worker at a suburban Philadelphia storage facility, killing him.
And authorities say a woman with Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.
The snowstorm worked its way east from the Midwest and merged with low pressure off the mid-Atlantic coast, forming a nor'easter.
It temporarily shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania and forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights.
The snowfall, frigid temps and stiff winds also extended the holiday break for some students.
At 10 a.m., there were 52 delays and 32 canceled flights at TIA.
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A powerful winter snowstorm traveling through the Northeast has grounded thousands of flights, canceled school and shut down highways.
The National Weather Service says the weather system causing gusting winds and frigid temperatures dumped 21 inches of snow just north of Boston and up to 18 inches in parts of New York state late Thursday.
U.S. airlines have canceled more than 2,300 flights nationwide and some school systems in New England and New York extended Christmas break.
Travelers Ron and Heather Krochuk (KRO-chuk) from Toronto, Canada, were stranded Thursday night at a Boston hotel after their flight got canceled and said they'd make the trip home Friday morning -- by car.
Forecasters predict temperatures will plummet, with some areas seeing highs just above zero and wind chill readings below zero.