Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:39PM GMT
More than 1,600 flights were cancelled and 500 more were delayed on Wednesday after a fierce winter storm swept through the northeastern US.
While the snowfall was over on Wednesday, fierce winds and biting temperatures continued and millions of American commuters faced miserable conditions as the storm stretched from Kentucky to New England.
Almost 3,500 flights were canceled on Tuesday, and thousands more were delayed. The daily snowfall record was broken in some cities.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 25 centimeters of snow had fallen just outside Philadelphia in Drexel Hill by Tuesday as Philadelphia received 15 centimeters of snow by Tuesday evening.
Many schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky were closed Wednesday.
Forecasts show that residents will be facing frigid and windy weather for a few more days. But daily life in New York is returning to normal and schools have re-opened following Tuesday’s shutdown.
High temperatures will be at least 10 to 20 degrees below average, even as far south as Miami, according to AccuWeather.
At least one person died as a result of the bad weather. A Maryland driver lost his life in a car crash caused by the storm.
Pennsylvania’s Transportation Department said it had already spent more than half of its $189 million winter weather budget.
“Lots of nuisance storms this season have meant that PennDOT crews have been plowing and treating roads more frequently this winter,” spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt said.
Schools in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Rhode Island remain closed as snowfall continues there. Authorities say blizzard effects will remain in place until Wednesday afternoon. The snow storm comes just two weeks after the US was hit by an unusually cold snap.