PHILADELPHIA - Another round of snowy weather hit the eastern United States on Monday, closing schools, disrupting thousands of flights and hurting travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl football championship in the New York City area.
The National Weather Service reported about 8 inches of snow near Frostburg, Md., while parts of southern Ohio and West Virginia got about 10 inches. Totals in the Philadelphia area ranged from 3 to 9 inches; New York saw as much as 7 inches by 3 p.m.
Government offices, courts and schools closed in parts of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and scattered power outages were reported throughout the region. Speed limits were reduced on many major highways.
In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency with travel conditions hazardous. Nonessential government employees were dismissed early.The storm hit greater New York just a day after the Super Bowl, by far the biggest game on the North American sports calendar. It sometimes draws more than 100,000 fans.
By late afternoon, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported more than 4,300 delayed flights and 1,900 canceled flights nationwide in cities including Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York. Inbound flights to those airports were delayed one to three hours because of snow and ice.
Russ Louderback, of Fishers, Ind., and his 11-year-old son Mason had gone to New Jersey to see the Super Bowl but suffered a triple whammy of bad luck: Their beloved Denver Broncos lost, they got stuck in an hours-long traffic jam leaving the stadium and their Monday afternoon flight home was canceled.
"It was so congested we couldn't get out of New Jersey, even though we left early because our team lost," said Louderback, a hotel executive.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was among the stranded travelers after her return flight to Phoenix was canceled Monday, a spokesman said. Brewer attended the big game as part of the ceremonial handoff of hosting duties; next year's Super Bowl is in Glendale, Ariz.
Francois Emond, of Alma, Quebec, arrived at Newark Airport at 6 a.m. Monday to find his flight home had been canceled. Wearing a Seattle Seahawks championship hat and an ear-to-ear smile, he said he didn't care about the cancellation or the weather in light of Seattle's victory. He planned to spend an extra night at his hotel in New York.
"The night will be very short," Emond said. "When you win a Super Bowl for the first time, the night is very, very short."
In Connecticut, architect Frank Emery described messy conditions outside as he stopped at a coffee shop in New Haven.
"A lot of people must have called in sick after the Super Bowl," he said. "It's not cleaned up as well as usual."
In Philadelphia, the airport experienced weather delays as long as four hours Monday morning. But the flight home for Seahawks fan George Shiley, of Snohomish, Wash., remained on schedule at midday.
Shiley, a Seattle season ticket holder, had won a lottery for Super Bowl tickets. He and his buddy stayed in Philadelphia, about 85 miles southwest of the East Rutherford, N.J., stadium.
"It's been a great trip. I joked that 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - and it was, until today," said Shiley, referring to the FX sitcom.
At least two deaths and one serious injury were blamed on the storm. In western Kentucky, where the snow began falling Sunday, a man died that night when his car skidded into a snowplow. On Monday, a New York City man was fatally struck by a backhoe that was moving snow.
A 10-year-old girl was in serious condition after she was impaled by a metal rod while sledding north of Baltimore.
Another storm is likely to hit the region beginning Tuesday night, bringing a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow, said Gary Szatkowski, a weather service meteorologist in Mount Holly, N.J.
Perhaps residents shouldn't be surprised, considering groundhog Punxsutawney Phil on Sunday predicted six more weeks of winter.
There's also a possibility for a storm this weekend, Szatkowski said.
"I like to say Punxsutawney Phil agrees with me," he said. "Winter's not over, that's for sure."
Transportation crews expect to be busy clearing roads of snow on Wednesday morning.
"It's going to be heavy and wet again," Joe Bucci of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Bucci told CBS affiliate WPRI. "Drivers need to maybe delay their start times and give our guys time to work out there."
Getting hit with two nearly consecutive storms "gets to be a grind for the guys," Bucci said.
But he expressed confidence that the job will be done.
"They work hard and will take care of the roads so motorists can go where they need to go safely," he said.