Commuters up and down the East Coast began the all-too-familiar task of digging out cars, shoveling sidewalks and slogging and slipping through a treacherous morning commute on Thursday after fast-moving storm moved full-force into the region overnight. Snow was still blowing in parts of New England Thursday morning.
The storm brought an icy mix of snow and rain to the region, stranding hundreds of airplane passengers and leaving more than 400,000 customers in and around the nation's capital without power.
Public schools remained closed for a second day Thursday and motorists were warned of dangerous road conditions. In New York City, even the Statue of Liberty was closed for snow removal.
In a region already contending with above-average snowfall this season, the storm that began Wednesday added several more inches. In New York's Central Park, 15.3 inches had fallen as of 1 a.m. Thursday, and 19 inches had fallen in parts of New Jersey, the National Weather Service reported. Snow was still blowing in New England early Thursday morning. Forecasts called for up to 12 inches in the Boston area, up to eight inches in the Hartford, Conn., area and perhaps 14 inches in areas of Rhode Island before the storm moved on later in the morning. In the Philadelphia area, 12 to 17 inches of snow fell by the time the storm moved out Thursday morning.
In Portsmouth, N.H., workers were nearly out of room to stash their plowed snow.