Northeast digs out from March snowstorm as ski areas revel

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MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Northeast was in dig-out mode Wednesday, a day after a treacherous storm packing strong winds and accompanying plummeting temperatures left some residents dealing with rock-hard ice and others with more than 2 feet of snow. The upshot: a late-season boost to the region's ski areas.

The powerful nor'easter that paralyzed much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor Tuesday fell short of the predicted snowfall in many areas, but the 29.7 inches of snow that fell by Wednesday afternoon at the Burlington International Airport in Vermont was the third-most on record and about 4 inches shy of the high established in January 2010.

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