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Winter storm hits East, disrupts Super Bowl travel

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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Beautiful February 04 2014 at 8:27 AM

I keep praying for snow and God answers my prayers!
Thank you lord Krishna !

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ringboxer February 04 2014 at 8:52 AM

moron

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cuttingman February 04 2014 at 5:46 AM

So United decided to cut Cleveland out as a hub - leaving the crowded skies of New York and the congested and fickle weather of Chicago as their hubs. Good decision Mr. Smizek. Haven't airlines learned that keeping all your eggs in one basket is a formula for mass chaos when adversity hits? Look at Atlanta last week with Delta.

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almasearch February 04 2014 at 9:59 AM

Cleveland's Hopkins Airport sits on Lake Erie's shoreline, so it often gets lake effect snows. Maybe United is looking for another hub not so affected by lake effect? Maybe they ought to consider Cincinnati? :-/

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zorta19 February 04 2014 at 5:41 AM

The Superbowl was supposed to get swamped with snow this year.! They had everything we've got here to plow, salt, and have the stadium parking lot and roads taken care of before, during and throughout the entire game and aftermath!! The Superbowl was well thought out in order for people to reach their destinations safely, to and from the game, in case of bad weather. They even brought in snow melters to the tune of a couple of million dollars, just in case! New Jersey took all precautions to avoid any problems with the snow for this big game. Our surrounding airports were inundated with travelers from all over the country attending the game! They built a new Stadium, new hotels, and added shopping malls and the like to accommodate all the extra people and crowds. Not to mention, putting a lot of unemployed people back to work!! NEW JERSEY cares!! We had our own time of it with Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath. The Farmers Almanac (for those who follow it) was only ONE day off predicting this storm!!!!!! Pretty accurate for a publication that is printed a year ahead of time!!!! I am proud to live and to have been raised in the great state of NEW JERSEY!! We HAVE IT ALL!!!! We have beautiful cities, picturesque little towns, beautiful beaches, farmland, mountains, plains, lakes, crops, and most of the time, pretty decent weather all year around with a change of season!!! We also have THE BEST PIZZA from here to China and back!! Not to mention, our fabulous tomatoes, sweet corn, funnel cakes, cannoli's and fresh fish! New Jersey is also home to such talented celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Vallie, Meryl Streep, Roy Sheider, Elizabeth and Andrew Shue, and many, many others!!! So, why is everyone bashing New Jersey? Just because they felt no need to put a dome on MetLife Stadium?? Many a football game has been played there in the snow before by the NJ Giants (Past Superbowl Winners) and the NY Jets (no, we won't take the blame for them)! And, there is a distinction between New York and New Jersey!! A HUGE distinction!! We are from New Jersey!! We love our state and invited all to come here for the mother of all football games!! I think we were gracious hosts and my hat goes off to all who made it happen!! All the workers, grounds keepers, hotel workers, all who work in our area airports, lounges, malls, etc. JOB WELL DONE!! Time for all you foreigners to go home back where you belong! We'll be fine here in our New Jersey we know and love!! Thanks to all who visited and enjoyed our great state! Thanks to all who made this possible to host the greatest, biggest game of all games! Thanks for employing my husband and putting food on our table every night! My husband is a Union Ironworker who built MetLife Stadium, Newark-Liberty Airport and surrounding hotels, offices, malls, and parking garages for all of you to sit, sleep, work, shop, park in, and fly in and out of!! If you don't love NJ, then go home!!

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Hi from Leo February 04 2014 at 6:57 AM

sweet, Zorta............from Ohio.

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rocket1400 February 04 2014 at 5:35 AM

hitch up the plows, oh boy more snow.

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joanne February 04 2014 at 3:54 AM

We may get the snow, and the cold, but it is all worth it when Spring comes around in the Northeast!

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eligajcksn February 04 2014 at 3:36 AM

maybe next superbowl the spotlight won't be so focused on the qb there are other players on the team its not right to focus so much on only one player , because no one player can play the game alone, congratulation s seahawks

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TERRY February 04 2014 at 3:12 AM

Were is Obama and his hot air when you need it.

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marysown50 February 04 2014 at 2:15 AM

My sister sent me a beutiful picture of the snow in her back yard. I grew up in New Jersey, my sister and her family live in Pa. Love to see it snow. I live in San Diego

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envoyltd February 04 2014 at 1:39 AM

In Florida you do not have to shovel the sunshine.

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leavesbound February 04 2014 at 2:11 AM

True, but you got flying cockroaches the size of sparrows, tornadoes every other day, hurricanes bearing down every year, and enough lightening to make Tesla swear off electricity.

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Mark February 04 2014 at 9:42 AM

Funny one!

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joanne February 04 2014 at 3:51 AM

and you dont get to eat great pizza!

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envoyltd February 04 2014 at 1:38 AM

It is time to move to South Florida. Warm all year round and the heat is free.

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TERRY February 04 2014 at 2:56 AM

So is the humidity.

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