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Storm whips into Northeast, death toll climbs to 15

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The storm that's dumping heavy snow on parts of the Northeast is now blamed for 15 deaths.

It's also continuing to delay holiday travelers trying to make their way back home by air or on the roads.

This morning, a Southwest Airlines jet bound for Tampa, Fla., veered off a taxiway and got stuck in mud at an airport on New York's Long Island. There were no injuries to the 129 passengers and five crew members. The area received heavy rain overnight.

Last night, a flight that landed in Pittsburgh got stuck in snow for about two hours on the tarmac. Passengers were eventually bused to the terminal.

There's anywhere from a few inches of snow to a foot in some locations in the Northeast. Forecasters say northern Pennsylvania and upstate New York, along with some inland parts of New England states, will get some of the heaviest snowfall. The storm is expected to move on to Canada tomorrow.


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