CLEVELAND – A powerful winter storm blasted large swathes of the Midwest and Northeast with snow and freezing rain on Saturday, grounding flights and stranding vehicles along icy roads.
More than half of the morning flights at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport were canceled or delayed. And 10 inches of snow at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport forced the cancellation of about 100 flights, Chicago's Streets and Sanitation Department reported.
"Now it becomes a plow and salt game," Pollick said. "It's basically keeping up with the precipitation."
Freezing rain in Indiana caused five salt trucks to slide into ditches Saturday as they worked to deice roads. Tow trucks stopped responding to accidents because they were sliding off icy roads when they tried to pull vehicles from ditches, the Star Press of Muncie reported.
In Michigan, at least 8 inches of snow fell on the southern Lower Peninsula by Saturday afternoon. AAA said it had responded to about 2,500 calls for road service by 4 p.m., spokeswoman Nancy Cain said. Many calls were for vehicles stuck in snowdrifts, she said.
Snow that fell Saturday in New York City was expected to be followed by a midweek spell of subfreezing temperatures, as cold air moves south from Canada, said weather service meteorologist John Cristantello. Temperatures were expected to dip from the upper or mid-20s on Wednesday to the teens and even single digits Thursday and Friday.
Washington state continued to dry out Saturday after heavy rains and melting snow flooded parts of the Pacific Northwest earlier in the week. Most roads were reopened, but Gov. Chris Gregoire said an estimated $125 million in damage was done to roads and state property.