The winter-battered Northeast and upper Midwest are recovering Saturday from another day of heavy snowfall, as authorities begin cleanup efforts in affected areas in the south and north-central region after widespread storms caused widespread damage and several deaths. .
More than two feet (30 centimeters) of snow fell in parts of New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before the winter storm began to subside. Conditions were dangerous on the streets, where dozens of traffic incidents were reported, police said.
Hundreds of businesses closed their doors, many flights were canceled and bus service was suspended. The wet snow was accompanied by winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph (64 to 80 km/h), raising concerns about falling trees and power outages, said Jon Palmer of the National Service in Maine.
A storm in far north Maine completely wiped out the start of Day 30 of the Can-Am Crown, which bills itself as the biggest dog race east of the Mississippi.
In the upper Midwest, residents were hit by snow Saturday, which caused widespread power outages and prompted authorities to briefly close Detroit’s Wayne County Metropolitan Airport on Friday night. Travelers are advised to check with airlines for flight delays on Saturday.
An Indiana State Trooper was struck by a vehicle and died Friday afternoon while troopers were helping stranded motorists following a weather-related accident.
Officer James R. Bailey, 50, was struck while setting up roadblocks on Interstate 69 near Auburn to stop a fleeing Fort Wayne police vehicle, state police said. Bailey later died at the hospital. He had over 15 years of service with the State Police. A 42-year-old Marion, Indiana man was arrested and charged with Bailey’s death.
In Michigan, an 80-year-old man died Friday night when his back was hit by snow while clearing snow from a driveway in Ann Arbor, MLive.com reported. Snow’s driver claimed he didn’t know he had hit a man until a passenger told him, police said.