NEW YORK – A deadly winter storm that has been tormenting travelers across the U.S. since before Thanksgiving moved to the Northeast on Sunday, packing a last punch of snow and ice as people made their way home after the holiday weekend.
The National Weather Service predicted more than a foot of snow in swaths of upstate New York and New England, as well as ice accumulations in parts of Pennsylvania.
“We've got our shovels ready. We've got the snowblower ready. We're prepared,” said Paul Newman of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
The same storm has been pummeling the U.S. for days as it moves cross country, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. It has been blamed for several deaths.
The bodies of a boy and a girl, both 5, were found in central Arizona after their vehicle was swept away Friday while crossing a swollen creek. Two adults and four other children were rescued by helicopter, but a 6-year-old girl is still missing.
Two boys, ages 5 and 8, died Saturday near Patton, Missouri, when the vehicle they were riding in was swept off flooded roads. A 48-year-old man died in a separate incident near Sedgewickville, Missouri, and a storm-related death was reported in South Dakota.
Also in South Dakota, a small-engine plane carrying 12 people crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday afternoon, killing nine people and injuring three others. Federal aviation investigators are looking into whether snowy weather was a factor.
Major highways reopened Sunday in Wyoming and Colorado, a day after blizzard conditions clogged roads with snow drifts.
The city of Duluth, Minnesota, was blanketed with 21.7 inches of snow as of noon Sunday. City officials said streets had become impassible.
Farther south, precipitation was in the form of rain and thunderstorms.
As the storm shifted east, flight delays and cancellations were continuing to pile up, disrupting travelers heading home after Thanksgiving. As of 12:30 p.m, more than 500 Sunday flights were canceled in the U.S., compared with about 400 on Saturday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.