Late-Winter Storm Snarls East Coast

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2009 7:21 AM CST
Turner Kump of Richmond, tries to clean off his snow encrusted bike after a winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow in Richmond, Va., Monday, March 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – A ferocious storm packing freezing rain, heavy snow, and furious wind gusts paralyzed most of the East Coast, sending dozens of cars careening into ditches, grounding hundreds of flights, and closing school for millions of kids, the AP reports. The blizzard-like snow caused a 15-mile traffic jam in North Carolina and contributed to four road deaths in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and on New York's Long Island.

More than 100 flights were scrubbed yesterday at Boston's Logan International Airport. Hundreds more flights were canceled at the New York region's three major airports, as what is expected to be the largest storm of the year dumped 10 inches of snow in some areas. The South was especially hard hit, dealing with record snowfalls, thick ice and hundreds of thousands of power outages in a region not accustomed to such vicious weather.