NEW YORK: The northeastern United States began digging out yesterday in the wake of a fierce blizzard that left at least two dead, half a million customers without power, and air, road and rail links paralyzed.
The storm dumped between one and two feet of snow across New England, with hurricane-strength wind gusts helping to create massive drifts, but according to the National Weather Service, the system was on its way out of the region.
New York area airports LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark, which halted all flights during the height of the storm Friday, were expected to resume service shortly.
A driving ban remained in force in Massachusetts, where some two feet (0.6 meters) of snow fell in the blizzard, burying Boston streets.
With wind and heavy snow snapping power lines, more than half a million customers lost electricity, including 389,000 in Massachusetts, 177,000 in Rhode Island, and 35,000 in Connecticut.