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UPDATE 3-Flight cancellations persist as storm weakens in U.S. Northeast

[Reuters] - A late-season snowstorm that swept the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States began to weaken on Wednesday after killing six people and closing schools, but airline cancellations persisted. The cold took a toll on Washington D.C.'s famed cherry trees, many of which had reached their bloom cycle's "puffy white" stage when they were damaged by temperatures of 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.8 degrees Celsius) or below, the National Park Service said. The rare mid-March "nor'easter" was tapering off over upstate New York and northern New England after dumping as much as a foot (30 cm) of snow with gale-force winds throughout the region on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

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