The weather system packing snow and Arctic cold forced the
cancellation of over 3,000 flights.
Before the end of Tuesday, parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey had
seen about 15 inches of snow, said Stephen Corfidi with the National
States across the northeast, including New York, declared
emergencies and warned residents not to travel during the
Far less snowfall is expected for Wednesday, but flurries will touch
parts of New England as the weather system moves north toward the
Canadian Maritimes, Corfidi said.
"The real story is going to be a persistent period of cold in the
wake of this system," he said.
Temperatures in western Pennsylvania will dip below 0 Fahrenheit
(minus 18 Celsius), and many other areas in the northeast will not
see the mercury rise above 20F (minus 7C), Corfidi said.
In anticipation of the harsh weather, Philadelphia closed its
schools and all city offices. In New York, school children would
have to go without a snow day on Wednesday, as the public school
system planned to remain in operation, according to the city's
Department of Education.
Metro-North, the suburban commuter rail service serving northern
suburbs of New York City, warned on its website of possible
weather-related delays on Wednesday.
Amid heavy snowfall on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of federal
workers in Washington were ordered to stay home. City schools and
offices also shut down, and the White House called off its Tuesday
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But the Supreme Court remained open to hear cases, and organizers of
the annual anti-abortion March for Life said Wednesday's rally would
go on regardless of weather.
The federal government was slated to be open on Wednesday, but
employees have the option of taking unscheduled leave or working
On Tuesday, state governments in Delaware and Maryland shut down due
to the storm and Connecticut sent nonessential state workers home in
The streets of downtown Rockville, Maryland, were mostly empty on
Tuesday afternoon, except for crews removing snow.
Mike Rogers, 49, of Howard County, a contractor for Ruppert
Landscaping, had been clearing the sidewalk with a snow blower since
late morning. "I like the snow, personally," he said. "I'm not
working if it doesn't snow."
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Dave Warner in
Philadelphia; editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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