Elsewhere in the country, blizzards have grounded flights and disrupted transport - and authorities here had been prepared for potential floods as high tides combined with strong winds.
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The snow is now beginning to melt, however, and police are urging drivers to take care in the thaw - and look out for melting snow turning to ice in freezing temperatures.