Winter storm buries parts of US northeast

2014-02-14 22:00
Vehicles  piled up in an accident completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)

Vehicles piled up in an accident completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)

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New York - The US East Coast dug out on Friday from the final wallop of a deadly four-day storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some places, causing chaos from the South to New England.

Five more people were killed on icy roads or while shovelling snow in North Carolina, bringing the storm's death toll to at least 20. In New York, doctors were working to save the baby of a pregnant 36-year-old woman killed by a private snow plow in a parking lot in Brooklyn.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was littered with twisted metal from up to 50 vehicles in multiple accidents that injured at least 30 people. The road had to be closed during the morning commute, causing a 11km backup, said Renee Vid Colborn, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

"It was a chain reaction," Vid Colborn said of two massive crashes involving up to 25 vehicles each. None of the injuries was life threatening, she said.

Blue skies and temperatures in the 40s in the New York City area on Friday belied a previous night of unusual thunder snow and electrical storm in New Jersey. A bolt of lightning struck a Spirit Airlines plane flying from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but it was able to land safely at its destination, Atlantic City International Airport, said airline spokesperson Jim Lynde.

"Thunder snow is just a reflection of how intense that storm was and how hard the snowfall rate was," said Chris Vaccaro, spokesperson for the National Weather Service.

Snowfall measured 72.3cm in Pilot, Virginia, about 321km west of Richmond, Vaccaro said.

A new storm system from the central Plains was on its way on  Friday, expected to dump up to 7cm on the East Coast into Saturday of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, he said.

Parents not thrilled

Heavy snow in and around New York City, Boston and Philadelphia, caused some schools to be closed for a second unplanned day on Friday.

"You can fly in the air!" squealed kindergartner Jack Mension, 6, while sledding in Philadelphia's Clark Park on his second cancelled school day due to weather.

Some parents were not as thrilled as they scrambled to find child-care and school administrators were looking at how best to make up lost classroom time by extending school into the summer.

About 1 400 US flights were cancelled and roughly 2 400 more were delayed by midday on Friday, said flight-tracking website

The weather also slowed business for flower shops banking on a big day of deliveries on Friday for Valentine's Day.

Stefan Handl, a co-owner of the Harlem Flo flower shop in Manhattan, said the huge storm "isn't making our life easier, that's for sure."

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