US blizzard leaves thousands stranded at airports

Massive snow storm with gusty winds and towering snow drifts closed all three New York-area airports
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Snow removal equipment operates at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B following a major blizzard on December 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. A massive snow storm with gusty winds and towering snow drifts closed all three New York-area airports and stranded thousands of travelers. (Getty Images)
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Snow removal equipment operates at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B following a major blizzard on December 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. A massive snow storm with gusty winds and towering snow drifts closed all three New York-area airports and stranded thousands of travelers. (Getty Images)
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A traveler waits with her bags for check in to a flight at Terminal 4 following a major blizzard at John F. Kennedy International Airport December 27, 2010 in the Queens borough of New York City. A massive snowstorm crippled much of the Northeastern United States leaving up to a foot of snow for New York City and New England and left millions of holiday travelers stuck at airports and train stations around the eastern seaboard. (Getty Images)
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Heavy equipment clears snow from the tarmac around jetliners at Terminal 4 following a major blizzard at John F. Kennedy International Airport December 27, 2010 in the Queens borough of New York City (Getty Images)
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Travelers line up at ticketing counters at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B follwinf a major blizzard on December 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey (Getty Images)
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A screen displays the status of flights at Terminal 4 following a major blizzard at John F. Kennedy International Airport December 27, 2010 in the Queens borough of New York City (Getty Images)
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A man clears snow in Manhattan's East Village, December 27, 2010 in New York City (Getty Images)
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A man digs out a car stuck in an intersection on the east side of Manhattan December 27, 2010 in New York after a blizzard dropped 18 to 20 inches (46 to 51 cm) of snow in the area (AFP/Getty Images)
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People walk through the snow in Manhattan's East Village December 27, 2010 in New York City (Getty Images)
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Snow is seen in Manhattan's East Village December 27, 2010 in New York City (Getty Images)
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A man clears snow in Manhattan's East Village December 27, 2010 in New York City (Getty Images)
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Sanitation workers use a tow truck to free a stuck snow plow Smith Street on December 27, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City (Getty Images)
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A man wearing snowshoes walks down Hoyt Street on December 27, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City (Getty Images)
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A man clears snow from his driveway following a snow storm on December 27, 2010 in Westport, Connecticut
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An abandoned car sits on a ramp following a major blizzard that hit the area at Newark Liberty International Airport on December 27, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey(Getty Images)
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A town employee clears a sidewalk following a snow storm on December 27, 2010 in Westport, Connecticut (Getty Images)