US East Coast struggles to return to normal after blizzard

By REUTERS
January 25, 2016 16:30
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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Major US East Coast cities struggled on Monday to return to normal following a massive weekend blizzard that dropped about two feet (60.96 cm) of snow on cities including New York and Washington.

Commuters faced delayed trains and buses and traffic was heavy heading into major metropolitan areas as many roads remained clogged with drifts of snow.

In Washington, the US Office of Personnel Management said federal government offices were shut on Monday, while further north, the New York Stock Exchange and the city's public schools were scheduled to open as usual.

At least 20 people have died from storm-related causes including traffic accidents and heart attacks while shoveling, with deaths reported in states stretching from Arkansas to New York.

Air travel remained seriously affected as some 1,390 US flights were canceled on Monday, with Newark Liberty International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport the hardest hit, according to FlightAware.com.

More than 12,000 US flights were slashed from Friday through Monday, with some airlines canceling flights into Tuesday, FlightAware reported.

The blizzard was the second biggest snowstorm in New York City history, with 26.8 inches (68 cm) measured in Central Park by midnight on Saturday, shy of the record 26.9 inches (68.3 cm) set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

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