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Americans ski, sled and dig themselves out after heavy snowfall

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 01:57

Feb. 13 - A massive snow storm dumps a foot of snow on the East Coast, transforming Washington into a winter wonderland and slowing the frenetic pace of New York's Times Square. Deborah Gembara reports.

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In Washington, they're digging out from their heaviest snowfall this Winter -- a whopping foot of it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GEORGE HERRICK, WASHINGTON, D.C. RESIDENT SHOVELING SNOW, SAYING: "Well, it's more snow than we're used to. I've canceled a lesson I had, so it's more snow that you would want." Outer-lying communities like Browntown, Virginia saw even more of the white stuff. Concerns about road conditions prompted the federal government and many businesses to close for the day. Still, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, Bob Waugaman says he's duty bound. SOUNDBITE: BOB WAUGAMAN, FLOWER DELIVERY WORKER SAYING: "We're going in, and get the store ready and we will get in a four-wheel vehicle and we will be out deliver peoples flowers today." Others who ventured out of their homes --- prepared for the elements and seemed to enjoy a break from the crowds. Some saw it as an excuse to play. Time Square's usual hustle and bustle was replaced by trudging and a battle against the elements. SOUNDBITE: SUSAN, TIMES SQUARE VISITOR, SAYING: "It's crazy. I haven't seen a winter like this in a really long time, or maybe never." SOUNDBITE: KEITH, TIMES SQUARE VISITOR, SAYING: "I mean you know, I went to school in Maine and so it snowed from October to April. Don't get me wrong, it's inconvenient, but it is winter. You know." SOUNDBITE: VERONICA, TIMES SQUARE VISITOR, SAYING: "It's ridiculous. But what are you going to do? It's Mother Nature. You got to deal with it." With even more snow and freezing rain expected, it may be a good attitude to have. The storm is expected to dump between 12 to 18 inches of snow on the East Coast over the next two days.

Americans ski, sled and dig themselves out after heavy snowfall

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 - 01:57

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