WASHINGTON – Planes were grounded, trains stood still and Greyhound buses weren’t rolling in the Mid-Atlantic region on Sunday, leaving stranded travelers wondering when they’ll be able to escape the icy, gray mess created by a major snowstorm.
Hundreds of thousands of homes were without power with temperatures below freezing all day, and utilities warned it could be days before electricity is restored to everyone. Plows had scraped down to bare pavement on some main thoroughfares while not touching streets in other areas buried by 2 feet or more.
For many in the nation’s capital, today will be another day to dig out. Federal agencies that employ 230,000 will be closed, and many school districts across the region were giving students a snow day.
The National Weather Service called the storm “historic” and reported a foot of snow in parts of Ohio and 2 feet or more in Washington, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia got closer to 3 feet.
In Philadelphia, 28.5 inches of snow fell during the storm, just shy of the record 30.7 inches during a January 1996 blizzard. Snow totals were higher to the west in Pennsylvania, with 31 inches in Upper Strasburg and 30 inches in Somerset.