HUB TELEGRAM — Millions of Americans endured a slow, slippery return to work Monday as the Eastern Seaboard dug out from a record-setting blizzard that killed at least 37 people.
Transit systems and airports were recovering from a weekend of paralysis, but forecasters warned that refreezing of melting snow could make roads slick and dangerous.
Non-essential federal workers were ordered to stay home in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia as officials encouraged residents to stay off the roads and allow the blizzard cleanup effort to continue.
The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England and was the second-biggest in New York City history, with 26.8 inches measured in Central Park by midnight Saturday — just shy of the record 26.9 inches set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.
Worst-hit was the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, with 42 inches recorded at Glengarry and 40.5 inches in Shepherdstown.
In many areas, temperatures rose above freezing Sunday — melting some snow but creating a new hazard: black ice.
Many roads were suffering from severe choke points where snow piles are blocking traffic lanes.
In Pennsylvania, an 8-months pregnant teen was among those who died shoveling snow over the weekend, her family said, while a man who tried to dig out his car in Muhlenberg Township was buried by a snowplow.