A storm that spread snow and ice from the Southwest to the Plains rolled into the Northeast today with up to a foot of snow, and a new wave of cold air rolled across the Rockies and Plains with record lows as far south as the Texas Panhandle.
"The groundhog was wrong. He said spring was right around the corner, but he must have had a big building to look around," said wrecker service operator Bill Bland in Morgantown, W.Va.
A foot of wet snow had fallen by mid-morning at Huntington, W.Va. Up to 10 inches fell around south-central Pennsylvania, with 1 to 2 inches around Baltimore and Washington, and more than an inch of snow slowed rush hour traffic in New York City and its suburbs.
Philadelphia's airport, which normally handles about 1,000 flights a day, was down to one runway, for landings only.
Winter storm warnings for 4 to 12 inches of snow were issued for much of West Virginia, south-central Ohio, Pennsylvania's lower Susquehanna Valley, western Maryland and southern New Jersey.