Snow blew into the Northeast yesterday, slowing traffic to a slippery crawl and whitening Manhattan's Times Square and the hills of New England.
The first major Northeast snow of the season rambled out of the Midwest where on Sunday it left up to 10 inches in some regions and made a mess of the windup to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The storm was blamed for two highways deaths near the Iowa-Missouri border.
The snow snagged the reopening of schools in northern Delaware following a five-week teachers' strike and a week off for reorganization. Buses ferrying children into and out of Wilmington under a massive, court-ordered school desegregation plan ran as much as two hours behind schedule. Classes began an hour late.
In New Jersey, the speed limit on the turnpike was dropped to 35 mph. In Philadelphia, slicked raods and scattered small accidents turned commuting into somewhat of a bumper derby.
"The minor accident people aren't even bothering to call in," said Trooper Robert Scutta of the York barracks, about an hour's drive west of Philadelphia.
"Quite a few fender-benders." is the way a state policeman described the storm in western Pennsylvania.
"East of North Platte, we have more cars off the road than on," said a state patrolman in Nebraska, where up to 10 inches of snow fell Sunday.
More than 70 traffic accidents were reported early Sunday in Omaha, Neb., and one policeman said bridges on Interstate 80 were so slick that officers could barely stand up to direct traffic. There were numerous reports of jackknifed trucks in ditches.
The National Weather Service said it did not expect any accumulations in Nebraska, but warned of one to three inches of new snow in eastern and southeastern Iowa and four inches across southern Michigan.
Two Duluth, Minn., residents were killed when their car went out of control on an icy Interstate 35 bridge four miles north of the Iowa-Missouri border.
Iowa state troopers said late Sunday that so many cars were in ditches they could not reach them all and that they were concentrating on treating the injured and tending to the elderly and infirm.
Many roads in Iowa were completely covered by either ice or snow, police said.
The story was the same in Wisconsin, where a half-inch of ice on Interstates 90 and 94 forced drivers to limit their speeds to about 35 mph.
A traveler's advisory also was posted for the northern third of Missouri, where the forecast called for light snow and freezing drizzle.