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US forecasters admits 'historic' blizzard error

The US National Weather Service (NSW) has admitted it made an error when it predicted a "potentially historic" storm would hit New York.

"The result is much less snow than previously predicted," the NSW said on Facebook. "Rapidly deepening winter storms are very challenging to predict."

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New York braces for 'biggest snowstorm in history'

The East Coast of America from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced on for a potentially historic blizzard.

Forecasters say the storm could dump up to three feet (90 cm) of snow on the region and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people.

"This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.

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