Monster Northeast Storm Coats Most of East Coast in Snow

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A winter storm is making travel torturous in the

A thick layer of snow has been falling across much of the coast, stranding thousands of airline, train and bus passengers and making motorists think twice about hitting after-Christmas sales.

Forecasters say more than a foot of snow could fall in some areas and there are blizzard warnings for New York City, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, including Boston.

As much 20 inches had been predicted for Philadelphia, but meteorologists are now saying the city will get no more than 12. Still, the NFL has postponed tonight's game between the Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he disagrees with the decision. He tells KYW-TV that "football's played in bad weather" and "the fans would have gotten there," noting that the city's subways and major roads were still open.

One eastern city appears to have escaped the worst. The storm defied forecasts and largely bypassed Washington, D.C., leaving the National Mall with only a light dusting.

UPDATE: Airlines work to add flights, rebook passengers stranded by storm

ATLANTA (AP) - It's all going to take some sorting out.

The winter storm that moved up the East Coast this weekend has caused thousands of flight cancellations and stranded countless holiday travelers. Airlines expect more flights will be scrubbed Monday morning, as blizzard warnings stretch from New Jersey to Maine.

But the airlines are already working to rebook passengers and are considering adding flights.

Delta has canceled more than 850 flights so far, but a spokesman says the airline is "aiming to resume normal operations" by Monday afternoon, if not Tuesday morning.

It's not only been the heavy snow that's forced the cancellations. A spokesman for American Airlines says gusting wind makes it difficult to de-ice planes.

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