East Coast Blizzard Snarls Airports, Roads

No flights going in or out of DC as snow keeps coming
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2010 3:02 PM CST
East Coast Blizzard Snarls Airports, Roads
Ground crews work to clear the tarmac as a plane is moved away from the gate at LaGuardia.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The blizzard howling up the East Coast is making roads from Maryland to New York state so treacherous that even plow drivers have pulled over in some areas. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings that extended into New York City, where 10 to 16 inches could fall. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights at airports on the Eastern seaboard, and DC's two airports had no flights coming or going.

In Pennsylvania, the governor closed large stretches of major highways, and the streets of downtown Philadelphia were nearly vacant. In Washington, snow fell so hard that people on the National Mall couldn't see the Capitol. The city is poised to break its winter snowfall record of 54.4 inches. Up to 16 inches fell in parts of western Maryland, and Baltimore already has broken its winter record of 62.5 inches. (More blizzard stories.)

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