A man walks in snow in Pittsfield, Mass., as snow accumulates on the sidewalk on Dec. 10, 2014.
Ben Garver—AP
By NBC News
December 10, 2014

Florida got 5½ inches of snow Wednesday morning — and so did many other cities in the Northeast (Florida is a town of about 675 people in northwestern Massachusetts) as a nor’easter that has already caused wind and flood damage picked up fresh energy on its way to Canada.

Meanwhile, in drought-stricken California, schools were closing and residents were locking up ahead of a storm that the National Weather Service said could turn out to be one of the biggest in five years.

The nor’easter along the Atlantic coast mainly dropped buckets of rain Wednesday on Northeast cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington…

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