Rain, snow hit East during the Thanksgiving rush

9:17 PM, Nov 27, 2013   |    comments
Mark Swigart, 41, uses a leaf blower to remove snow from the sidewalks along Grandview Avenue on November 26, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Along the East Coast winter storms are threatening to make Thanksgiving holiday travel dangerous. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A wet and blustery storm along the East Coast has dumped up to 9 inches of snow in parts of upstate New York but hasn't caused the all-out gridlock many Thanksgiving travelers feared.

The storm made driving hazardous and tangled up hundreds of flights Wednesday. But many travelers marvel at how orderly and anxiety-free the airports have been during what's typically one of the busiest days of the year.

The storm unleashed wind-driven rain along the Northeast's heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor from Richmond, Va., to the tip of Maine.

The National Weather Service says New York City had 2 1/2 inches of rain and felt wind gusts of about 50 mph.

One big question lingers in New York: Will high winds ground Snoopy and the other giant cartoon character balloons at the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving Day?

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