Federal, state governments, schools closed amid snowstorm cleanup

By Andrew V. Pestano and Shawn Price   |   Updated Jan. 25, 2016 at 10:08 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Several records were shattered by the recent northeast snowstorm, meaning millions will need to dig out of the snow as the working week begins.

Federal government buildings and public schools in Washington, D.C., were closed on Monday, as were state offices in Virginia and Maryland. Public schools in Philadelphia also were closed.

The travel ban in New York was lifted Sunday, but Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a travel advisory due to the remaining threat of black ice on the roads at night. People also have been asked to stay off the roads as much as possible to allow for crews clearing streets and areas still buried under the snow.

Virginia State Police sent out a similar message, noting the agency has responded to more than 1,500 traffic crashes since Friday.

The Long Island Railroad service was 80 percent restored on Monday morning.

Washington D.C.'s airports are working with limited flight schedules. Metrorail will be running near capacity on Tuesday in time for reopening city offices. Schools are scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said, but much work is still to be done.

"Know that we're going to be dealing with snow all of this week," she said.

The storm affected about 85 million people in the northeast, particularly between Washington D.C. and New York City. Even as the weather clears, many cities are struggling to figure out where to put all the snow.

The heaviest snowfall was recorded 42 inches in Glengary, W.Va. New York City broke its all-time daily snowfall record with 26.6 inches in Central Park and the city experienced its second-highest snowfall since records began in 1869.

At least New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania saw more than 30 inches of snow.

At least 34 deaths were attributed to the snowstorm, caused by car collisions, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks suffered while shoveling snow. Some reports are as high as 37 deaths.

Kids getting off a school bus in Mahwah, New Jersey discovered the body of a neighbor mostly covered in snow. Police think the 64-year-old woman had some sort of medical emergency while shoveling snow and died during the storm.

New Jersey and Delaware were experiencing coastal flooding in some areas.

Nearly 12,000 flights were canceled over the weekend and hundreds more were expected to be canceled on Monday. Emergencies were declared in Washington, D.C., and 11 states.

But it wasn't all bad news on Monday, as many federal government workers in D.C., state employees in Maryland and Virginia and school kids across the Northeast got their snow day.

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