A winter storm, blowing out
of the Midwest on Tuesday and sweeping across Pennsylvania, New
York and New England, has been blamed for at least 21 deaths. Most
of the deaths stemmed from traffic accidents. Since Monday, seven
people died in Missouri, four in Oklahoma, three in Kansas, two
in New Mexico and Pennsylvania and one each in Illinois, New York
Stretches of major highways
were closed and airplanes were grounded. Media reports estimated
the number of homes and businesses without power Thursday morning
at more than 200,000. The storm dumped snow up to three feet in
In New York, television stations
called the storm the ninth fiercest listed for the area in National
Weather Service records dating back to 1884. Portions of the western
Catskills reported 15 to 30 inches. Northeast Pennsylvania averaged
one to two feet.
According to news reports,
at the height of the storm, a 103-mile stretch of the New York State
Thruway was shut down between Syracuse and Amsterdam until after
midnight because plows couldn't keep up, and parts of three Pennsylvania
interstates were also closed.
The edge of the storm brought
9 inches of snow to parts of Michigan. In Cleveland, 10.2 inches
of snow fell.