ENVIRONMENT
03/15/2017 12:51 pm ET Updated Mar 15, 2017

Deadly Snow Storm Leaves Millions Digging Out Of Icy Mess

The nor’easter dropped a record 31 inches of snow on Binghamton, New York.
  • At least three people are dead in New England following the storm.

  • Binghamton, New York, hit with a record-breaking 31 inches of snow.

  • Boston public schools remained closed on Wednesday.

  • Icy temperatures and powerful gusts continued to lash the Northeast.

At least three people in New England are dead Wednesday after a massive late-winter snow storm ripped through the northeastern United States. It dumped over 2 feet of snow in parts of Pennsylvania and New York and caused thousands of flights to be grounded and schools to close.

During Tuesday’s nor’easter, a 16-year-old girl in Gilford, New Hampshire, was killed after her car skidded out of control on a snowy highway and struck a tree. Hours later, Daniel Baerga, 83, was accidentally hit by a snow plow while walking in the parking lot of his apartment building in East Hartford, Connecticut. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A giant pile of snow is seen on March 15, 2017 in New York City the morning after a massive snow storm whipped through&n
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A giant pile of snow is seen on March 15, 2017 in New York City the morning after a massive snow storm whipped through the Eastern Seaboard.

In Longmeadow, Massachusetts, an Amtrak train and a snow plow truck collided, killing a town public works employee who was clearing the tracks. The victim has not yet been identified.

Strong winds and frigid temperatures continued to lash the northeast on Wednesday, making shoveling and commuting into work especially difficult for many people.

Sarah Thomas, 23, said Wednesday that she was snowed in for the second day in a row at her home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, roughly 20 miles southwest of Scranton. Thomas, who said she measured nearly 2 feet of snow Tuesday afternoon, spent the morning helping her father shovel since the learning center where she works was closed.

“I expected it to be a big storm, but I didn’t expect it to have as huge of an impact as it did,” Thomas told The Huffington Post.

Thomas said she spent the morning helping her father shovel since the learning center where she works was closed.

“I’m kind of concerned about driving conditions today,” said Thomas, who had hoped to venture outside the neighborhood in the afternoon. “I’ve got cabin fever. I was actually going to try and make it to the gym for Zumba.”

Though big cities like New York City and Philadelphia faced minimal impact compared to earlier forecasts, the fierce Nor’easter unloaded 1-2 feet of snow in some areas of the region.

Boston was hit with roughly 7 inches of snow Tuesday, despite earlier predictions estimating upward of 18 inches. Still, Boston public schools remained closed Wednesday.

By early Wednesday, Binghamton, New York set a 24-hour record snowfall at 31 inches, shattering the old record of 23 inches set in 1961, reported weather forecasting service Accuweather.

The storm system cut power to nearly 250,000 customers from Virginia to New England, reported The Associated Press.  Airline-tracking service FlightAware told HuffPost on Wednesday that over 500,000 travelers have been impacted by the nearly 9,000 flights canceled since Monday. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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