Monster storm sweeps across the country

  • A woman walks down the middle of a snow covered street during winter storm ‘Hercules’ Jan. 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • A man clears snow from a sidewalk in Brooklyn following a snow storm that left up to 8 inches of snow on Jan. 3, 2014 in New York.
  • A man and his dog contend with blowing snow in Brooklyn following a snow storm that left up to 8 inches of snow, Jan. 3, 2014 in New York.
  • Travelers leave the Back Bay train and subway station during a winter nor’easter snow storm in Boston, Mass., Jan. 3, 2014. 
  • Ice from breaking waves coats a house along the shore in Scituate, Mass., Jan. 3, 2014.
  • A worker clears snow from a stairway at the Astoria Blvd subway station, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Queens borough of New York. 
  • A man makes a snow angel in the middle of Times Square in New York, Jan. 3, 2014. 
  • Pedestrians stand in the snow at 7th Avenue on Times Square, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Sanitation trucks mounted with snow plows are parked on the west side of Manhattan in New York on Jan. 2, 2014.
  •  A man works out in the snow on Pier five at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, Jan. 2, 2014. 
  • A man uses a snowblower to clear his driveway in North Andover, Mass. on Jan. 2, 2014, as snow continues to fall into the evening. 
  • Golf carts, in a storage lot, are covered with snow in Holly, Mich., on Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A Frontier airplane waits for passengers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, on Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A woman and child walk through a snow-covered field in Humboldt Park on Jan. 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illi.
  • A pedestrian makes his way down a snow-covered street as snow continues to fall in Indianapolis, on Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A woman and a young girl wait in line at Logan International Airport during a winter nor’easter snow storm in Boston, Mass. on Jan. 2, 2014. 
  • A vehicle sits upside down after spinning out of control on Interstate 295 during a snowstorm, Jan. 2, 2014, in Portland, Maine. 
  • Daryl Santos, 27, of Los Angeles, Calif., walks through a park while experiencing a snowstorm, Jan. 2, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
  • A tuber enjoys a slide down the “Monster Sled” adjacent to the left field wall at Fenway Park as snow falls in Boston, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • A man scrapes snow and ice off the windshield of his car on a street in New York, Jan. 3, 2014. 
  • Winds whip snow from the beach across Winthrop Shore Drive Jan. 2, 2014 in Winthrop, Mass.
  • Two-month-old Jack Hsi takes a nap sheltered in his baby carrier while snow falls in Boston, on Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Snow-covered chairs and a table with icicles stand in front of a restaurant in downtown Manhattan, Jan. 3, 2014. 

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It’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

A major blizzard – the storm is being called Hercules – has affected more than 100 million people in a 700-mile stretch across the country as it continues to dump snow in some of the country’s busiest cities.

Governors and mayors from the Midwest to the East Coast declared states of emergency. Temperatures dropped below zero degrees in some areas. School superintendents canceled school for the second consecutive day on Friday, extending the holiday break into two weeks for many students. And airports opened late on Friday morning after airlines canceled more than 2,300 flights on Thursday.

The bulk of the snow fell by Friday morning, but many people then began to experience Hercules’ lasting impacts as they dug out from their homes. Officials urged residents to stay off the roads until crews finished storm cleanup.

At least 21 inches of snow fell in Boxford, Mass., according to NBC and MSNBC meteorologist Bill Karins.

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