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A taxi driver walks along his vehicle in the parking lot of Terminal B at LaGuardia airport, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Another round of winter weather followed a day of unseasonable temperatures with several inches of snow in the eastern United States on Monday, closing schools, disrupting air traffic and snarling travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl in the New York area. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Plows clear sleet and snow from a gate at La Guardia airport, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Another round of winter weather followed a day of unseasonable temperatures with several inches of snow in the eastern United States on Monday, closing schools, disrupting air traffic and snarling travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl in the New York area. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A United Airlines airplane leaves tracks in the snow as it is pushed back from a gate Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ. A winter storm one day after the Super Bowl cancelled or delayed dozens of flights in the region. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A plane is pushed back prior to take off, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ. Air traffic is disrupted in Ohio, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast as another winter storm bears down on the eastern U.S., only a day after temperatures soared into the 50s. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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More snow on the trees! http://t.co/MxC40NLR39
Snow missed Super Bowl by a day. Would it have been played in this? Transit would have been nuts http://t.co/zquNYMAVPm
Good morning #SB48 fans. Here @MLStadium we start move out with snow, take a look http://t.co/gzrnlPQ058
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Cars travel down a highway during a snowstorm in the Brooklyn borough on February 3, 2014 in New York City. The metro area is expecting 5 to 8 inches of snow by the evening, making for a treacherous rush hour and delaying many flights to airports. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: A school bus drives down a road during a snowstorm in the Brooklyn borough on February 3, 2014 in New York City. The metro area is expecting 5 to 8 inches of snow by the evening, making for a treacherous rush hour and delaying many flights to airports. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The departure board at the Philadelphia International Airport shows canceled flights on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. A storm has already dropped snow in the area and could bring up to 8 inches to Philadelphia and New York, along with temperatures in the 30s, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of Maryland and West Virginia were expecting up to 10 inches. (AP Photo/Karen Testa)
A snow plow clears the runway Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ. Up to five inches of snow is expected to fall in Newark. Air traffic is disrupted in Ohio, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast as another winter storm bears down on the eastern U.S., only a day after temperatures soared into the 50s. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Children are led out of Central Park February 3, 2014 on the east side of Manhattan as a snowstorm hits New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
CORRECTS MONTH TO FEBRUARY - Chuck Alwine shovels snow in front of his shop early Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Newtown, Pa. The winter storm hitting Pennsylvania has prompted school closures, lower speed limits and airport delays. Fat, wet flakes were falling at midday Monday and could total 8 inches in Philadelphia and New York, along with temperatures in the 30s, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A construction worker smiles as he unloads rebar from a truck during a winter snowstorm, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. After several days of mild weather, snow has returned to the Northeast. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A pedestrian makes her way through Union Square as snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Another winter storm bears down on the eastern U.S., only a day after temperatures soared into the 50s. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A Patton Township police officer helps a woman out of her vehicle after she slid off N. Atherton Street and was stranded on top of a guard rail in State College, Pa. A winter storm in Centre County Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, caused heavy snowfall and dangerous travel conditions. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/MCT via Getty Images)
A car jumps a guardrail on a road in State College, Pa., on Monday February 3, 2014. Photo credit: Nabil K. Mark
Traffic makes its way slowly down Hudson Street as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. After several days of mild weather, snow has returned to the Northeast. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A cyclist makes his way up the Hudson River Greenway as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Snow collects on the fur of a dog as he is taken for a walk Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 8 inches of snow Monday to New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A man waits for the bus as wet snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 8 inches of snow Monday to New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Pedestrians make their way past a snow-covered bicycle as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. After several days of mild weather, snow has returned to the Northeast. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Snow falls in the early morning hours in Hoboken, NJ, on Monday, February 3, 2014.
Commuters wait for a train as snow falls February 3, 2014 in New York. Hundreds of flights across the US are being canceled as a winter storm spreads snow, ice and sleet across the Northeast, threatening New York City with as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters). AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A Commuter walks to a bus stop as snow falls February 3, 2014 in New York. Hundreds of flights across the US are being canceled as a winter storm spreads snow, ice and sleet across the Northeast, threatening New York City with as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters). AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man waits for the bus as wet snow falls Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. The National Weather Service says the storm could bring up to 8 inches of snow Monday to New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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By KATHY MATHESON

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A winter storm dumped several inches of wet, heavy snow on parts of the eastern United States on Monday, snarling air and road travel for commuters and Super Bowl fans, cutting power, and closing schools and government offices.

Fat flakes began falling during the morning commute Monday and continued falling throughout the afternoon in Philadelphia, creating slushy sidewalks and streets. The Philadelphia and New York areas were expecting about 8 inches, erasing all memory of Sunday's weather in 50s.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency with travel conditions hazardous. Nonessential government employees were dismissed early. Government offices, courts and schools closed in parts of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia; scattered power outages were reported throughout the region. As the storm moved out, the weather service reported about 8 inches of snow near Frostburg, Md., while parts of southern Ohio got about 10 inches.

By mid-afternoon, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported more than 3,000 delayed flights and 1,700 canceled flights nationwide in cities including Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York. Inbound flights to Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were delayed one to three hours because of snow and ice.

For Russ Louderback, of Fishers, Ind., and his 11-year-old son Mason, the Super Bowl was a triple whammy of bad luck in less than 24 hours: Their beloved Denver Broncos lost, they got stuck in an hours-long traffic jam leaving the stadium and their 3 p.m. flight home Monday 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, 57, a hotel executive. He hopes to be on a plane Monday evening.

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 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, 71-year-old 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 delays as long as four hours at one point Monday morning because of snow and ice. But the flight home for Seahawks fan George Shiley, 50, 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 stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"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.

Another storm is likely to hit the same region beginning Tuesday night, bringing a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow, said Gary Szatkowsi, a weather service meteorologist in Mount Holly, N.J.

Perhaps residents shouldn't be surprised, considering groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Sunday.

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."

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