Snow, about 2 and a half inches, in Checotah, Oklahoma December 25, 2012.
Photographer: Dennie Brison
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(AP) -- A powerful winter storm system that pounded the nation's midsection is headed toward the Northeast, wrecking travel plans and knocking out power to thousands of homes.
At least six deaths are being blamed on the storm, which spawned Gulf Coast region tornadoes on Christmas Day and a historic amount of snow in Arkansas before pushing through the Upper Ohio Valley and heading toward the Northeast on Wednesday.
The aviation tracking website FlightAware.com says more than 1,400 flights have been canceled. The New York City-area's three major airports are experiencing hour-long delays.
Scores of motorists have gotten stuck on icy roads or have slid into drifts.
A National Weather Service meteorologist in Indianapolis says he's describing the storm as a low-end blizzard "but that's sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex."
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Thousands gathered Friday to celebrate the 41st year of Mayfest, a four-day arts and music festival in the heart of the city.
LADY ANTEBELLUM stars CHARLES KELLEY and DAVE HAYWOOD took time out of their busy schedules last week (ends12May13) to perform for sick youngsters at a New York hospital.