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Wednesday
Jan222014

Transportation Problems Linger Following Messy Storm

Nuno André/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Travel remains troublesome Wednesday morning as the Northeast digs out from Tuesday's storm.

The swirling storm dumped nearly a foot and a half of snow on some areas, grounded thousands of flights, closed government offices in Washington, D.C. and made a mess of the evening commute. 

Some areas such as Manalapan, N.J. got more than 15 inches of snow.  Philadelphia got slightly more than a foot, while New York City had 10 inches.

Transportation delays linger, with more than 1,500 flights for Wednesday already canceled by 6 a.m., according to Flight Aware. Travel in major cities such as Boston, New York and Philadelphia remains sluggish.

Drivers from Illinois to Maryland are negotiating slick, snow and ice-covered roadways Wednesday morning, trying to keep from swerving, sliding and spinning. Blowing, drifting snow is only adding to the problems.

Even as the snowfall tapers, there's little relief in sight. Another blast of Arctic air is reducing temperatures across the country, with temps in the single digits reported across the Midwest.

Icy conditions caused a commuter bus in Roxbury Township, N.J. to lose control Tuesday, slipping down an embankment and reportedly injuring six people. A similar incident occurred northwest of Boston, where a tractor-trailer jumped a guardrail, barreling onto the road below. A multi-vehicle pileup in central Indiana also shut down a highway for hours.

Driver Steve Stephenson had to wait for a tow truck after his car spun out in White Plains, N.Y.

“I came across this snowbank here, tried to avoid it and then slid right off the road,” Stephenson told ABC News. “It was going pretty good but I must've hit some ice.”

Some of Tuesday’s travel issues involved the storm’s whiteout conditions. The heavy snow and swirling winds left drivers with limited visibility.

Those conditions grounded more than 3,000 flights nationwide Tuesday, leaving frustrated passengers stranded.  Philadelphia International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports featured the most disrupted travel schedules, with more than 450 flights coming in or out of each of the airports grounded.

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