A treacherous East Coast storm bringing lashing winds, heavy snow and low visibility buffetted workers trying to return to their post-Christmas routines Monday and left thousands of holiday travelers stranded away from home, as major airports and rail lines remained closed for a second day.
Many commuters appeared to be heeding the call to stay off the roads. In greater Boston, highways into the city were nearly abandoned early Monday, as many workers were given the day off and others were on vacation for the holiday week.
The blizzard-like conditions wreaked havoc on travelers from the Carolinas to Maine, forced the suspension of operations at some of the nation's busiest airports and marooned a passenger bus carrying about 50 people, some with diabetes, on a New Jersey highway. The conditions also were blamed for a fatal car crash in Maine.
Philadelphia cab driver Farid Senoussaoui, 33, described the slippery driving conditions as "like a video game."
"You've got to be more careful," he said.