Record snowfalls leave commuters in the cold

  • A woman walks down a road in blizzard conditions in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 1, 2015.
  • A worker is reflected in the sculpture “Cloud Gate” as he pushes a snow plough to clear a path during blizzard conditions in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 1, 2015.  
  • Two men walk past the Crown Fountain in blizzard conditions in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 1, 2015.
  • MacKenzie Perkins builds a snowman in a park during blizzard conditions in Chicago, Ill., Feb, 1, 2015. 
  • A pedestrian navigates a snow-covered sidewalk on Feb. 1, 2015 in Chicago, Ill. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city’s airports. 
  • O’Hare International Airport crews work on a runway at the airport, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. More than 1,100 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s airports and snow-covered roads are making travel treacherous. 
  • Cars are covered in snow in a parking lot at O’Hare International Airport on Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Snow blankets O’Hare International Airport, Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. 
  • A row of snow plows make their way through Times Square in New York City in the early morning hours Feb. 2, 2015. 
  • Jobert Vaneisden, of Albany, NY, clears snow from his car in the Center Square neighborhood, early Feb. 2, 2015. 
  • A snow plow makes its way through Times Square during a snow storm in the early morning hours, in Manhattan, NY, Feb. 2, 2015. 
  • A man walks through a snow storm in the early morning hours in Times Square in New York City, Feb. 2, 2015. 
  • Pedestrians in lower Manhattan on a slushy morning in New York City, Feb. 2, 2015. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio warned commuters to be “very cautious” as another winter storm system brings snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area. 
  • A person crosses snow-covered tracks in a commuter train yard, in New York, Feb. 2, 2015. The city may get 2 to 4 inches of snow, and ice is possible. 
  • A woman walks in falling snow and sleet down Broadway in the New York City suburb of Nyack, NY, Feb. 2, 2015.

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Record snowfalls slammed the Midwest on Sunday before heading toward the East Coast, bringing a wintry mix of sleet and snow on Monday morning across the coast.

From Indiana to Maine, 69 million Americans remain under winter storm warnings or advisories and infrastructure felt the effects of the storm, with thousands of flights cancelled, thousands without power, and school closures leaving parents scrambling. 

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In Chicago, the winter storm deemed “Linus” by The Weather Channel, is the fifth worst storm to ever hit the city; on Sunday, 16.2 inches fell on Sunday, a daily snowfall record. In Detroit, 13.7 inches fell, the heaviest daily snowfall the Motor City has seen in 40 years. In the Midwest alone, at least 2,000 flights were cancelled and the Chicago Public Schools were closed for Monday.

Inbound flights to the Northeast saw many cancellations around the country, as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine felt the brunt of the storm, which brought snow north of Manhattan and sleet and rain south of it. 

By 5 p.m. ET the storm is expected to be isolated to northern New England, but temperatures are expected to drop into the teens tonight, risking flash freezing and icy conditions in the path of the storm.

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