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Long Island quieted by heavy snow

The blizzard that swept through the Northeast on Friday and Saturday turned parts of New York’s Long Island into a moonscape. Roads normally thick with traffic were pristine and white, snow piled up around entrances to buildings, and some cars were stranded.

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A snow-covered Long Island Expressway is seen from an overpass.

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Abandoned cars are parked along the Long Island Expressway.

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The Long Island Expressway is impassable at Exit 61.

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Snow partially covers the front of an auto parts store in Holbrook, N.Y.

On the Long Island Expressway, dozens of cars were stuck in the snow, and police officers worked through the night to free people from cars and get them to safety. NBC's Anne Thompson reports.