BOSTON — A wind-blown brew of snow, sleet and freezing rain cut visibility and iced over highways from the Great Lakes to New England on Sunday, stranding air and road travelers and causing a jetliner to skid off a runway.
At least three traffic deaths have been blamed on the weather.
The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings from Michigan and Indiana all the way to Maine.
About a foot of snow had fallen on parts of the Chicago area, with 10 inches in Vermont. Meteorologists said 18 inches was possible in northern New England. More snow was expected in parts of Michigan.
In Rhode Island, a U.S. Airways Express flight from Philadelphia carrying 31 passengers and three crew members slid off the runway as it tried to land at T.F. Green Airport, which got nearly 8 inches of snow, the Providence Journal reported on its website. No injuries were reported, but the airport had to close its runways for about 2 1/2 hours.
The storm canceled hundreds of flights at airports in Chicago and about 300 flights at Boston's busy Logan International Airport. Flights were also canceled at airports in Portland, Maine; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Manchester, N.H.