US east coast snowstorms halt flights

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THOUSANDS of passengers were stranded in America last night after flights to Britain were grounded as snow battered the US east coast.

A massive storm dumped up to 3ft of snow from Massachusetts to New Jersey, while hurricane-force winds battered the eastern states and up into Canada.

Heathrow Airport said 32 inbound flights – all from New York and Boston – were cancelled, as well as three outbound flights. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada were all forced to cancel flights.

Meanwhile, more than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.