A powerful blizzard battered the Northeast on Thursday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and snarling travel amid a long cold snap that has gripped much of the United States for more than a week and killed more than a dozen people.
Thousands of flights were canceled, firefighters scrambled to rescue motorists from flooded streets in Boston, snow plows and salt trucks rumbled along roads and highways, and New York City's two main airports halted flights due to whiteout conditions.
@NYCityAlerts: Flipped over truck on the Verrazano Bridge. No tractor trailers or trucks allowed on the bridge at this time.
Commuters who braved the storm worried that they could be stranded later in the day.
"I don't know where I'll stay tonight if I get stuck, probably with my boss," said Ran Richardson, 55, of Malden, Massachusetts, as he waited for a Boston subway to take him to training for his job as a Chinese-English translator.
Schools were closed through much of the region, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said schools in his city would remain closed on Friday.