A winter storm that blasted the Plains and Midwest with fierce wind and snow sputtered as it blew east yesterday, but still packed enough force to delay trains and planes in several cities.

The first storm, which hit the Colorado foothills with up to 34 inches of snow, reached New England with strong winds. The storm has been blamed for 23 deaths.

Eight inches of snow fell on parts of Pennsylvania and up to 4 inches fell in the New York City area, where train delays were reported because of snow and gusty winds.

Flight delays were reported at airports in New York, Detroit and Boston, where Eastern Airlines said all of its incoming flights had been canceled for a time because of snow and wind. By evening, flights in and out of Boston had resumed but were still experiencing delays, officials said.

In Massachusetts, the storm dropped up to 6 inches of snow and packed strong winds that toppled several utility lines in the Cape Cod area, leaving some residents temporarily without phone service or electricity.

About 10,000 Tulsa, Okla., residents were without power as utility crews tried to restore lines damaged in a Christmas ice storm.

Salt trucks patrolled city streets in New York, Cleveland and Denver, where snowplows chipped away at some of the snow left over the weekend. But road crews in the Baltimore area waited for a snowstorm that never materialized.

A new Pacific storm spread snow and freezing rain across much of Oregon. Authorities temporarily closed Interstate 5 at several locations because of accidents, including one in Portland in which six trucks jackknifed. Southern California ski resort operators were overjoyed by the weather.