Relentless winter again blasts Midwest, East

This relentless winter brought more pain to the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, with snow and ice forcing schools to close, snarling roadways and creating airline chaos.

By early Wednesday, more than 6 inches of snow had fallen over portions of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, AccuWeather reported. Northeastern Pennsylvania to southern New Hampshire could receive more than a foot of snow, the weather website said.

Interstate 84 was closed in both directions for its entire length in New York state because of the treacherous weather conditions.

Police in Westchester County, N.Y., said there was a near white-out from heavy snowfall that came fast and deep.

"It got pretty bad quickly," New Rochelle police Sgt. Neil Reynolds said.

In Indiana, where the storm was winding down Wednesday morning after 12 hours and 6-8 inches of snow, many schools closed and traffic was mostly light. Such storms have become commonplace this winter, and State Police Capt. Dave Bursten said there were no major traffic accidents.

"Just slide-offs and some stuck semis. What you would expect," Bursten said.

Flying continued to be a problem. More than 2,175 Wednesday flights had been canceled nationwide as of 8:15 a.m. ET, according to flight-tracking company -- the third in a row that at least 1,600 flights had been canceled nationwide.

Since Sunday, airlines have canceled nearly 7,000 flights – and delayed thousands more – as a series of winter storms bedeviled fliers everywhere from Utah to Maine to the South.

Pittsburgh-area residents at least got some good news as the storm hit. A labor dispute between snow plow drivers and Allegheny County was settled hours before Teamsters Local 249 had threatened to strike. The tentative deal meant drivers were plowing a dicey mix of snow and ice from the county's 640 miles of roads early Wednesday.

Contributing: Ben Mutzabaugh; Will David, The Journal News; Bill McCleery, The Indianapolis Star; Associated Press


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