Ongoing coverage of aftermath of the deadly snowstorm that broke records and impacted millions of people on the East Coast.
What we know
At least 41 deaths have been blamed on the severe weather.
- Airports are recovering, but at least 1,800 departures ands arrivals were canceled Monday, FlightAware said.
- New York City missed is its all-time storm record by a tenth of an inch, with 26.8 inches at Central Park. Meanwhile, 30.1 inches was recorded at JFK airport.
- Worst-hit was the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service, with 42 inches recorded in Glengary and 40.5 in Shepherdstown.
- Federal workers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia were ordered to stay home Monday and again Tuesday.
The Latest from the Storm
Federal Government Again Closed Tuesday in D.C. Area
All federal offices in the Washington, D.C., area will again be closed Tuesday, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
Slow Ride: W.Va. Doc Takes It Easy by Tractoring to ER Job
Dr. Daryl LaRusso was able to get to his post Saturday at the Berkeley Medical Center emergency room in Martinsburg, West Virginia — but it took him a while on his John Deere tractor.
LaRusso's 13-mile commute, which normally zips by in about 15 minutes, took an hour Saturday, NBC station WHAG of Hagerstown, Maryland, reported. Along the way, he picked up a couple of nurses, who stood on the back as he trundled along in 3 feet of snow whipped into his face by 16-mph winds.
"That was a little like pins and needles hitting me in the eyebrows and the nose," LaRusso said.
Watch 40 inches of Snow Fall in 40 Seconds
A video posted by a West Virginia teacher vividly captured the storm for millions of people who saw it on Facebook.
Wayne Bennett of James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsville set up a camera outside his home timed to take one photo every two seconds beginning at noon Friday. The 40-second time-lapse video, which you can watch here, shows 40 inches of snow piling up in 27 hours.
Sorry! Says Governor After Hundreds Stranded on Pennsylvania Turnpike
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has apologized to hundreds of motorists who were stranded on a stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, many of them for most of the weekend.
About 500 vehicles got stuck after two tractor-trailers conked out while trying to climb a grade to the Allegheny tunnels Friday night, NBC station WPXI of Pittsburgh reported. Among the hundreds of stranded vehicles were buses carrying the Duquesne University men's basketball team and the Temple University's women's gymnastics team.
It took until Sunday afternoon for all vehicles and travelers to be safely removed, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Monday.
D.C. Mayor: 'Stay Off the Roads'
Washington D.C. is gradually digging out from nearly 2 feet of snow, but the capital remains days away from operating normally, officials said Monday morning.
Plow crews are still in the process of clearing streets, some of which remain too dangerous for drivers, Mayor Muriel Bowser said.
"I urge people to stay off the roads," she said in a morning news conference. Schools and local government remained closed Monday. The city will decided this evening whether they'll open Tuesday.
The entire Metro system was scheduled to reopen before noon Monday.
Trash pickup probably won't resume until Thursday, Bowser said.
The Fallout From Space
The full extent of the blizzard is revealed in this satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The image was captured Sunday and shows snow on the ground across the Northeast.
Christie Rejects Report of Critics of His Handling of Storm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a robust response Monday to criticism of his handling of the blizzard.
The Republican appeared on MSNBC and answered a question posed by Huffington Post editor Sam Stein about why he was leaving the state to return to the 2016 campaign trail in New Hampshire.
"I know there is some flooding damage in the southern part of your state, clearly a lot of residual damage from the storm," Stein said. "What do you say to those critics who say why did you go back up to New Hampshire so quickly?"
Christie replied: "Sam, I don't even know what critics you're talking about. There is no residual damage, there is no residual flooding damage. All the flooding receded yesterday morning. And there was no other damage. People were driving around the streets yesterday morning of New Jersey. So this is just what they wish would have happened.2
He added: "We managed the storm extraordinarily well, New Jersey transit was back at noon [Sunday] after the storm, our roads were all open as of 7:00 a.m. [Sunday] and so, you know, I think that's just folks who want to criticize me for anything that I do. And I have not heard any of that criticism, I haven't seen any of that criticism, and I think you are just making it up."
But one public official in West Wildwood, N.J., called the damage "catastrophic" in his town.
"I would say at this point it's catastrophic. We have a lot of damage." said Chris Ridings, with the Office of Emergency Management in West Wildwood. "For us this is worse than Sandy," referring to the disastrous storm that struck the Jersey Shore in 2012.
Swimmers Love Water, Even the Frozen Kind
Social media is awash (yup) with posts of swimming and diving team members frolicking in the snow, sporting Speedos and swim caps — and little else.
The hardy included Chris McMahon and Drew Riebel of West Virginia University:
And six freshmen from Montclair State University team:
Death Toll Reaches 37
At least 37 people have died from the weekend's blizzard, according to updated figures from officials Monday.
WNBC has confirmed 11 deaths in New York — eight on Long Island and three in New York City.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed at least 6 fatalities in the state - 5 from hypothermia and one from a car crash.
In other states, 6 died in North Carolina, 2 each in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee and one each in South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Arkansas and Delaware.
Blue, 42! Blue, 42! Hut, Hut ... Hike!
Washington D.C. streets were paralyzed by the weekend's record-setting blizzard but it didn't stop some of the city's police from enjoying the snow.
Cops joined in an impromptu game of football Sunday evening in Columbia Heights.
A video of the fun was posted to Twitter by Katie Tilley. "Props to community policing," she told NBC News.
And the Winner for Biggest Snowfall Goes to ...
... The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Huge numbers piled up in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania and greater New York City, but several little towns tucked into the eastern arm of West Virginia got it the worst.
According to National Weather Service, 42 inches fell in Glengary and 40.5 inches in Shepherdstown.
Other big numbers:
39 inches at Philomont, Virginia
38.5 in East Potomac, Montgomery County, Maryland
38.3 in Greencastle, Pennsylvania
36.4 in Winebrenners Crossroad, West Virginia
36.3 in Round Hill, Loudon County, Virginia
Airports were slowly returning to normal Monday but at least 1,503 flight cancelations were already listed by 7.30 a.m. ET, according to FlightAware.
Newark, LaGuardia and Washington Dulles were the three worst-affected, the website said. Almost 30 inches of snow fell at Dulles over the weekend.
At Newark, the home hub of United Airlines, 235 flights were listed as canceled — some 44 percent of the schedule.
The airline said it was bringing workers from Chicago and Houston to help clear a backlog of stranded passengers at Newark and Dulles.
FlightAware said 3,525 flights were canceled Sunday, adding to a total of 12,623 since Friday.
Crews have been working 24/7 up and down the East Coast to clear away all the snow, but it's slow going.
New York has issued an appeal for emergency snow laborers to help dig snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks and fire hydrants, starting at $13.50 per hour.
"This was one of the worst storms to ever hit New York City, and we need all hands on deck to dig us out," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Interested individuals can register at local sanitation every day this week, the city said.
A piece of plywood painted white that's used to measure snowfall levels. What could possibly go wrong during a blizzard?
The weekend's blizzard produced beautiful scenes in Long Island's Suffolk County.
Snow Crushes Bowling Alley
The 22 inches of snow that buried Waynesboro, Virginia, left a bowling alley badly damaged.
"A lot of people have grown up in this bowling alley," employee Jetanna Eckard said.
The storm's fallout — from space.
Another weekend, another storm?
The Weather Channel's Quincy Vagell warns that's a possibility — with snow, sleet or freezing rain potentially affecting parts of the East Coast at the end of the week.
"Since this potential storm is still several days out, a lot of scenarios are still on the table," he said. "This storm, if it does develop, is unlikely to be another historic snowmaker. Still, some areas recently affected ... could have more wintry weather to deal with, less than a week after the record-breaking storm departed."
NC State University's Climate Office has revealed another record that was smashed by Saturday's snow.