The snowstorm pounding the Northeast left millions hunkered down waiting for the weather to clear, while others got an early start on their job or commute. Some others, namely travelers, were just left waiting.
Here are some of their stories:
At New York City’s Penn Station, the status of every Amtrak train reads “canceled.”
Steve Rouse was among several dozen people in the Amtrak waiting area. He was trying to find a way to get home to Queens.
The 29-year-old store manager had arrived at the station at 2 a.m. after taking an Amtrak train from Washington, D.C.
He said he was waiting until he could get a cab or subway home, and he knows it could be a long wait.
Only emergency vehicles are allowed on city streets, and subway service is suspended until further notice.
Amtrak suspended service north of New York and reduced its schedule for trains traveling south of New York
The snowstorm that shut down New York and much of New England ended up sparing Philadelphia and its suburbs from a crippling blow and prompted city officials to lift a snow emergency early Tuesday.
Turns out, some people were disappointed, while others were thrilled.
“I was hoping we were going to get a lot of snow,” said parking attendant Jean Louis. “I woke up and was like, ‘It’s a joke, man.’ ”
Before sunrise Tuesday, downtown Philadelphia hummed with sounds of plows, snow blowers and shovels scraping up the thin coat of white that materialized overnight.
Donna Whitaker huddled under the canopy of a high-rise office building as she waited for the bus. She said she was thrilled the blizzard bypassed the City of Brotherly Love because she had no way to get to work in heavy snow.
“I’m very happy,” said Whitaker.
Zia Mughal started his day delivering bread earlier than usual.
Mughal, 41, said he wasn’t supposed to work until noon, but was told to come in at 5 a.m. to get an early start. Standing at the back of his open delivery truck, Mughal said the roads hadn’t been bad, but he hoped to be off the streets soon.
New York City ended up not dealing with a monster storm.
Midtown Manhattan was blanketed with white, but roads and sidewalks were passable.
A few people and cars were out early Tuesday.
Many businesses, such as 24-hour delis, were open.
Mido Salha worked his usual overnight shift at the City Gourmet Market on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. He put a “we are open” sign in the window.
He says “It’s just a regular snow day.”
Brandon Bhajan, a security guard at a 33rd Street building, says he thinks it’s a good thing the city prepared New Yorkers for the worst even if it didn’t turn out as bad.
He says the “over-coverage” of the storm allowed people to be ready and prepared.
Associated Press writers Sean Carlin and Michael Sisak in Philadelphia and Ula Ilnytzky in New York City contributed to this report.