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Men shovel a pedestrian walkway in New York's Times Square on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Men shovel a pedestrian walkway in New York's Times Square on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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A winter storm approaching the eastern United States is seen in a NOAA satellite image taken at 1:25pm EST (18:25 GMT)January 26, 2015

A winter storm approaching the eastern United States is seen in a NOAA satellite image taken at 1:25pm EST (18:25 GMT)January 26, 2015

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A person walks a dog in Riverside Park in New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A person walks a dog in Riverside Park in New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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A person crosses a snow-covered street in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A person crosses a snow-covered street in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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A man skis in Prospect Park, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A man skis in Prospect Park, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Pedestrians walk through wind-swept snow in downtown Brooklyn, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Pedestrians walk through wind-swept snow in downtown Brooklyn, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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A man sleds down a hill in Prospect Park, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A man sleds down a hill in Prospect Park, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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A person stands in the middle of snow-covered Avenue A in the East Village neighborhood of New York, early Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

A person stands in the middle of snow-covered Avenue A in the East Village neighborhood of New York, early Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

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A woman crosses a mostly empty 42nd Street in Times Square, New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A woman crosses a mostly empty 42nd Street in Times Square, New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Alexander Valeur of Denmark and Katia Borredo from Mexico carry their baggage through a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Alexander Valeur of Denmark and Katia Borredo from Mexico carry their baggage through a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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An New York Police Department officer takes photographs while keeping security during a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif

An New York Police Department officer takes photographs while keeping security during a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Snow plow trucks clear the roads during a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Snow plow trucks clear the roads during a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Workers clear the sidewalks during a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Workers clear the sidewalks during a snowstorm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Men play in the snow along 7th Ave during a storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Men play in the snow along 7th Ave during a storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Jamina Goop, from Liechtenstein, does a handstand as she is photographed by a friend (unseen) during a snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Jamina Goop, from Liechtenstein, does a handstand as she is photographed by a friend (unseen) during a snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Valentin Borriello, from Paris, France, has his photograph made by a friend while lying on 7th Ave during snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Valentin Borriello, from Paris, France, has his photograph made by a friend while lying on 7th Ave during snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Manhattan resident Jerry Risner lies in the middle of 7th Ave as he has his photographed made by his friend P.J. Chernick during a snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Manhattan resident Jerry Risner lies in the middle of 7th Ave as he has his photographed made by his friend P.J. Chernick during a snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Female tourists use their smart phones to capture a snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Female tourists use their smart phones to capture a snow storm in Times Square, New York early morning January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Snow falls around the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Snow falls around the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

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A man stands in falling snow on West 42nd street in Times Square in New York, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A man stands in falling snow on West 42nd street in Times Square in New York, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A woman is seen on a public transportation bus during snowfall in the Queens borough of New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman is seen on a public transportation bus during snowfall in the Queens borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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An employee of a local restaurant clears his car of snow to make return home as a statewide travel ban goes into effect in New Haven, Connecticut, January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

An employee of a local restaurant clears his car of snow to make return home as a statewide travel ban goes into effect in New Haven, Connecticut, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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The streets of New Haven, Connecticut, are deserted after a travel ban was put in place January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

The streets of New Haven, Connecticut, are deserted after a travel ban was put in place January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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Tow trucks prepare to remove illegally parked vehicles after a parking and travel ban was put in place in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Tow trucks prepare to remove illegally parked vehicles after a parking and travel ban was put in place in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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A woman crosses 1st Avenue as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A woman crosses 1st Avenue as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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A man waits for a public transportation bus to arrive during snowfall in the Queens borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man waits for a public transportation bus to arrive during snowfall in the Queens borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A traffic alert sign is seen along the Long Island Expressway in Manhasset, New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A traffic alert sign is seen along the Long Island Expressway in Manhasset, New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A Long Island Railroad train is seen parked at the Port Washington station in Port Washington, New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A Long Island Railroad train is seen parked at the Port Washington station in Port Washington, New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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People walk along 42nd St at Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

People walk along 42nd St at Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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People cross a road as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

People cross a road as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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People cross 7th Avenue in falling snow near dusk in New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

People cross 7th Avenue in falling snow near dusk in New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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People walk in the Borough Hall section of downtown Brooklyn in New York City in falling snow, January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People walk in the Borough Hall section of downtown Brooklyn in New York City in falling snow, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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People walk in falling snow in Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn borough Brooklyn in New York City January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People walk in falling snow in Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn borough Brooklyn in New York City January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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Commuters walk through the Financial District during a snow storm in Lower Manhattan, New York, January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff

Commuters walk through the Financial District during a snow storm in Lower Manhattan, New York, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff

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A woman and man observe a puppy playing in the snow during a snowstorm in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff

A woman and man observe a puppy playing in the snow during a snowstorm in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff

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A man stands under an umbrella while photographing a snow storm in Times Square, New York, January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A man stands under an umbrella while photographing a snow storm in Times Square, New York, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Snow starts to build up on the roads in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Snow starts to build up on the roads in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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Margaret Naneder of Argentina takes a "selfie" as the snow falls 
in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Margaret Naneder of Argentina takes a "selfie" as the snow falls in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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A man walks through falling snow, as seen through a frosted window, in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

A man walks through falling snow, as seen through a frosted window, in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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A worker pushes a snow blower down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A worker pushes a snow blower down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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A snow plow clears the road down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A snow plow clears the road down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Lulu Marin, visitor from San Lorenzo, Paraguay, poses for photographs during a snow storm in Times Square, New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Lulu Marin, visitor from San Lorenzo, Paraguay, poses for photographs during a snow storm in Times Square, New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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A worker pushes a snow blower down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A worker pushes a snow blower down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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A bakery that normally has full shelves sits with its shelves bare of bread in Grand Central Terimnal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A bakery that normally has full shelves sits with its shelves bare of bread in Grand Central Terimnal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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A man runs through falling snow in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

A man runs through falling snow in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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Shayan Oman, a visitor from Perth, Australia, poses for photos during a snow storm in New York's Times Square January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Shayan Oman, a visitor from Perth, Australia, poses for photos during a snow storm in New York's Times Square January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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A man tries to hail a taxi in front of Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A man tries to hail a taxi in front of Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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An eagle, used as an architectural detail, is pictured at Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

An eagle, used as an architectural detail, is pictured at Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Commuters stand under an umbrella next to snow which was being plowed to the street edge from a walkway in Times Square, New York on January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Commuters stand under an umbrella next to snow which was being plowed to the street edge from a walkway in Times Square, New York on January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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A woman walks beneath an umbrella in falling snow in the Fort Greene section of downtown Brooklyn in New York City January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A woman walks beneath an umbrella in falling snow in the Fort Greene section of downtown Brooklyn in New York City January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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Women walk through falling snow in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Women walk through falling snow in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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A man walks through falling snow in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

A man walks through falling snow in New Haven, Connecticut January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

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The US has been battered by arctic conditions

The US has been battered by arctic conditions

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The skyline of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge is seen in falling snow as seagulls fly above the East River and New York Harbor as seen from the Brooklyn shore, January 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

The skyline of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge is seen in falling snow as seagulls fly above the East River and New York Harbor as seen from the Brooklyn shore, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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A man stands in falling snow on West 42nd street in Times Square in New York, January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

A man stands in falling snow on West 42nd street in Times Square in New York, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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A man stands with an umbrella at the Junction Boulevard stop of the 7 subway train line in the Queens borough of New York January 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man stands with an umbrella at the Junction Boulevard stop of the 7 subway train line in the Queens borough of New York January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Men shovel a pedestrian walkway in New York's Times Square on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A 17-year-old who was killed after smashing into a light pole while sledding is the first fatality from the blizzard that struck the northeastern US last night.

 Local media have named the teen as Sean Urda, and said he and two other 17-year-olds were taking turns sliding in Huntington, New York when he lost control and crashed.

 He was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

 The 17-year-old has been the only death reported during the snowstorm that caused much of the northeastern US to shut down last night.

 Despite dire warnings that it could be one of the worst blizzards in the city’s history, New York was spared the worst of the snowfall and has since lifted the travel bans it imposed in preparation.

 Predicting upwards of 3 feet of snow, the city ordered drivers off the roads and shut down the subway system and closed bridges in prepartion.

 However once the threat failed to failing to materialise, New York saw just less than a quarter of the snowfall predicted, the travel bans on most roads across the state and in the city were lifted.

 Travel was badly affected last night, with more than 4,500 flights cancelled at US airports, and even today there were a number of flights between Ireland and the US cancelled due to the adverse weather.

 In the lead-up to the storm, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to go home and stay there, adding: "People have to make smart decisions from this point on."

 "When you hear the word 'crippling' and you look out your window this morning, it is not there," said John Davitt, a meterologist on New York's NY1 news channel.

 Forecasts for as much as 90cm of snow had prompted governors in eight east coast states to declare states of emergency and the storm affected up to 60 million people in nearly a dozen states.

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