Drivers stand outside their cars as traffic is backed up
following a multi-car and truck accident during the morning
commute near the Bensalem interchange in Pennsylvania.
The US East Coast is digging out from the final wallop of
a deadly four-day storm that dumped more than two feet of snow
in some places, causing chaos from the South to New England.
Five more people were killed on icy roads or while shoveling
snow in North Carolina, bringing the storm's death toll to at
least 20. In New York, doctors were working to save the baby
of a pregnant 36-year-old woman killed by a private snow plow
in a parking lot in Brooklyn.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike was littered with twisted metal
from up to 50 vehicles in multiple accidents that injured at
least 30 people. The road had to be closed during the morning
commute, causing a 7-mile (11-km) backup, said Renee Vid
Colborn, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike
"It was a chain reaction," Vid Colborn said of two massive
crashes involving up to 25 vehicles each. None of the
injuries was life threatening, she said.
Blue skies and temperatures in the 40s in the New York City
area on Friday belied a previous night of unusual thunder
snow and electrical storm in New Jersey. A bolt of lightning
struck a Spirit Airlines plane flying from Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, but it was able to land safely at its destination,
Atlantic City International Airport, said airline spokesman
"Thunder snow is just a reflection of how intense that storm
was and how hard the snowfall rate was," said Chris Vaccaro,
spokesman for the National Weather Service.
Snowfall measured 28.5 inches (72.3 cm) in Pilot, Virginia,
about 200 miles (321 km) west of Richmond, Vaccaro said.
A new storm system from the central Plains was on its way
Friday, expected to dump up to 3 inches (7 cm) on the East
Coast into Saturday of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, he
SECOND SNOW DAY FOR PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS
Heavy snow in and around New York City, Boston and
Philadelphia, caused some schools to be closed for a second
unplanned day on Friday.
"You can fly in the air!" squealed kindergartner Jack
Mension, 6, while sledding in Philadelphia's Clark Park on
his second canceled school day due to weather.
Some parents were not as thrilled as they scrambled to find
child-care and school administrators were looking at how best
to make up lost classroom time by extending school into the
About 1,400 U.S flights were canceled and roughly 2,400 more
were delayed by midday on Friday, said flight-tracking
The weather also slowed business for flower shops banking on
a big day of deliveries on Friday for Valentine's Day.
Stefan Handl, a co-owner of the Harlem Flo flower shop in
Manhattan, said the huge storm "isn't making our life easier,
that's for sure."