Eastern U.S. residents prepare for difficult commute following record-setting snowfall

NEW YORK - The blizzard-blanketed Eastern U.S. will confront a Monday commute slowed by slick roads, damaged transit lines and endless mounds of snow, after a weekend of sledding, snowboarding and staying put.

See Full Article

Authorities cautioned against unnecessary driving, airline schedules were in disarray and commuter trains will be delayed or cancelled for many as the work week begins after a storm that dumped near record snows on the densely populated Washington, D.C. to New York City corridor.

The last flakes fell just before midnight Saturday, but crews raced the clock all day Sunday to clear streets and sidewalks devoid of their usual bustle.

Ice chunks plunging from the roofs of tall buildings menaced people who ventured out in Philadelphia and New York. High winds on Manhattan's Upper West Side kept the snow from entirely swallowing the tiny Mini Cooper of Daniel Bardman, who nervously watched for falling icicles as he dug out.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged people to leave their plowed-in cars covered with snow all week after a one-day record of 67.6 centimetres fell in Central Park.

Treacherous conditions remained as people recovered from a storm that dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England. At least 30 deaths were blamed on the weather, with shovelling snow and breathing carbon monoxide collectively claiming almost as many lives as car crashes.

Broadway reopened after going dark at the last minute during the snowstorm, but museums remained closed in Washington, and the House of Representatives postponed votes until February, citing the storm's impact on travel.

Flying remained particularly messy after nearly 12,000 weekend flights were cancelled. Airports resumed limited service in New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, which said it got an entire winter's snow in two days. Washington-area airports remained closed Sunday after the punishing blizzard.

Major airlines also cancelled hundreds of flights for Monday. Along with clearing snow and ice from facilities and equipment, the operators of airlines, train and transit systems had to figure out how to get snowbound employees to work.

Overall snowfall of 68 centimetres in Central Park made it New York's second biggest winter storm since records began in 1869, and Saturday's 67.6 centimetres made for a single-day record in the city.

-----

Contributors include Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols in Burke, Virginia; Bruce Shipkowski in Toms River, New Jersey; William Mathis, Scott Mayerowitz and Jake Pearson in New York; Alex Brandon and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington; Jessica Gresko in Arlington, Virginia; and Juliet Linderman in Baltimore.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Assault charge stayed for northern B.C. politician Pat Pimm

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- An assault charge against a member of the B.C. legislature has been stayed. A spokesman for the Criminal Justice Branch says Pat Pimm agreed to a peace bond Monday for a period of eight months that prohibits him from contacting the complainant. Source
  • Iranian baby with heart defect delayed by travel ban doing well, say doctors

    World News CTV News
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Physicians say a four-month-old Iranian girl with a rare heart condition who was affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban is "out of the woods" and making good progress after her life-saving surgery last Friday. Source
  • Hundreds of thousands remain without water after floods in Chile

    World News CTV News
    SANTIAGO, Chile - Hundreds of thousands of homes in communities around Chile's capital remained without water Monday as authorities struggled to restore service following floods caused by Andean rainfall. There were three confirmed deaths and 19 people were listed as missing in the flooding. Source
  • Accused Kim Jong-nam killer partied until dawn

    World News Toronto Sun
    One of the party girls accused of killing the estranged brother of North Korean despot Kim Jong-un was at a birthday bash ’til dawn on the day of the murder. Cops say the Feb. 13 mission was to kill Kim Jong-nam with a deadly poison. Source
  • Reena Virk's mother speaks out on Kelly Ellard decision

    Canada News CTV News
    The mother of murdered B.C. teen Reena Virk doesn’t believe the parole board that granted her daughter’s killer temporary escorted absences from prison would have been swayed by the Virk family’s opposition. “The powers that be will do what they want to do regardless,” Suman Virk told CTV News Channel Monday. Source
  • UN condemns North Korea's attempts to evade sanctions

    World News CTV News
    The Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea's "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade UN sanctions. Council members emphasized "the importance of full compliance" with the six rounds of increasingly tougher sanctions in a statement after closed-door discussions. Source
  • TTC ad for app showing pot shop listings lights up controversy

    Canada News CBC News
    A set of ads displayed across the TTC for an app called WeedMaps is lighting up controversy over whether the transit agency should be helping marijuana dispensaries generate profits, as police attempt to crack down on illegal pot shops in the city. Source
  • Cyberspy service eyes political blackmail as part of democratic risk assessment

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- The threat of political blackmail could figure in a wide-ranging review of risks to Canada's electoral system, says a senior official from the national cyberspy agency. Safeguarding personal information on voters lists, ensuring election ballot tallies aren't manipulated and preventing fake news from swaying the public might also be part of the study, said Scott Jones of the Communications Security Establishment. Source
  • Halifax friends post Kijiji ad for dates to hockey game, get 200 responses

    Canada News CTV News
    A pair of friends in Halifax found unlikely success in their bid to find dates to a hockey game after taking inspiration from a Hollywood movie. Nick Hartling and Connor Beck consider each other best friends and share a love for hockey and humour. Source
  • Calgary homicide victim Susie Elko 'never stood a chance' Listen to 911 call

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    playpausestopmuteunmute 911 Call Accused killer was 'like a zombie' Susie Elko was fatally stabbed with the knife she gave to her boyfriend as a birthday present, a prosecutor said Monday. Source