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The Latest: Device lost in blizzard, snow totals may be off
Jan. 25, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):
There was definitely a lot of snow in Washington, D.C., but just how much may never really be known.
The district's official total was 17.8 inches, but according to The Washington Post, that number falls short compared with other spots in the region.
Why the disparity?
The improvised technique used by a small team of weather observers at Reagan National Airport lost their snow-measuring device to the elements midway through the blizzard.
The team abandoned their device to tally totals, called a snow board.
National senior weather observer Mark Richards on Sunday stood by the accuracy of the reading, saying his team did the best it could under tough conditions.
Federal offices in the Washington area will remain closed Monday.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said Sunday that the cleanup from 2 feet of snow that fell across the region prompted the decision.
The office says emergency personnel and employees who work from home or other remote sites should follow their agency's policies.
The government shut down the offices at noon Friday ahead of the storm, and they remained closed Saturday and Sunday.
Officials say airports in New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore were resuming very limited service Sunday. More than 800 flights have been cancelled by major airlines, but most intended to resume service at all airports along Winter Storm Jonas' track by Monday.
Travelers were being urged to check with their airlines before heading to Eastern airports.
On the roadways, a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh where hundreds of vehicles were stranded reopened in both directions Sunday.
Seven branches of the Long Island Rail Road are expected to be fully operational by 5 a.m. Monday.
Metro officials in Washington said they plan on resuming limited rail and bus services on Monday morning and that rides will be free.
Authorities say a U.S. Capitol Police officer has died of a heart attack he suffered after shoveling snow at his Delaware home.
Nicole Alston said her husband, 44-year-old Officer Vernon Alston, collapsed Saturday afternoon outside their Magnolia home after an hour of shoveling. She said he was dead within seconds.
Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine called Alston's death "a tragic loss." He was a 20-year veteran of the force.
Officials also say a second man has died while shoveling snow in Maryland. The 49-year-old suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday. A man in Fort Washington had also been reported dead.
Officials say three people have died in South Carolina during the massive winter snowstorm.
An elderly couple has been found dead in their Greenville home due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities say 87-year-old Robert Bell and his 86-year-old wife Ruby had lost power during the storm on Friday night and set up a generator in their garage.
Authorities say the propped open garage door somehow closed and the house filled with carbon monoxide.
Highway patrol officials say a pedestrian has been killed in a weather-related crash in Greenville County. The 44-year-old man had been walking along a road when a vehicle hit a frozen area and struck him.
His name was not released.
Authorities say a Pennsylvania man died after a passing snowplow trapped him inside his running car.
The Berks County coroner's office says 56-year-old David Perrotto died Saturday night after he was found inside his car in Muhlenberg Township, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Officials say Perrotto was apparently trying to dig out his car. Investigators believe he was either in the car to take a break or trying to pull out of the space when the plow came by and buried the car, blocking the exhaust and preventing him from getting out.
Another person trying to dig out their vehicle found Perrotto's running car.
A 23-year-old New Jersey mom and her year-old son have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in a running car with its tailpipe covered in snow.
Passaic police also say the woman's 3-year-old daughter is hospitalized in "very critical condition."
Authorities say the woman's husband had been shoveling snow for about 20 minutes Saturday evening when he returned to the car and found his family unresponsive.
Their names have not been released.
For all the New Yorkers facing the task of digging their parked cars out from piles of snow, Mayor Bill de Blasio has a message: Don't.
De Blasio says New York City residents should leave their cars where they are if they can. He doesn't want people to put the snow from their vehicles back into the streets while the city is trying to clear up from the blizzard.
The city has suspended some parking rules through Friday so people won't have to move their cars.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has lifted a driving ban he had imposed as a winter storm brought blizzard conditions to the mid-Atlantic region.
Markell says a state of emergency remains in effect. He urged residents to stay off the road unless they have a compelling reason to drive, so that snow plows could continue working without interference.
Emergency officials say there are no reports of major problems from flooding associated with the storm. Sunday morning's coastal high tide, the third of the storm period, did not cause any significant issues.
About 50 people were evacuated from the flood-prone Oak Orchard area Saturday.
Tens of thousands of customers are still without power but service has been restored to many hit hard by the storm.
In the Carolinas, utilities reported about 50,000 customers without power on Sunday. More than 20,000 are still without power in New Jersey, down from about 58,000 on Saturday night.
Most service was back on in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, where more than 50,000 had lost power. In Georgia, about 600 customers were still waiting for service — down from more than 125,000.
A stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike where more than 500 vehicles were stranded at the height of the storm remains closed.
Turnpike officials hope to have traffic moving again by mid-afternoon Sunday.
Gov Tom Wolf says only 20 tractor-trailers remained on the closed stretch of the roadway in the western part of the state.
Wolf says the rigs' drivers voluntarily stayed with their trucks and were "all safe and ready to get going."
On Saturday, pockets of stopped traffic stretched back miles. Among the stranded were the Duquesne (doo-KAYN') University men's basketball team, the Temple University gymnastics squad and a church group from Indiana.
This entry has been corrected to attribute the forecast for reopening to a turnpike official, not the governor.
The shows must go on.
All Broadway shows — both matinees and evening performances — were given the green light to go on as normal Sunday after New York state officials lifted their travel ban.
The Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin says theaters want to ensure that out-of-towners aren't disappointed. Such patrons make up a large percentage of Broadway's audience.
The suspension of public transportation Saturday forced Broadway to pull the plug on matinees and evening shows.
Carnegie Hall remained shuttered Sunday.
All rail service in and out of New York's Grand Central Terminal is expected to resume Sunday afternoon after a record-setting blizzard hammered the city.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says service on the Metro-North lines at outlying terminals in New York and Connecticut is scheduled to begin after noon.
Service on the Long Island Rail Road remains suspended. The MTA says the goal is to bring back service for the Monday morning commute.
The 26.6 inches of snow that fell in Central Park on Saturday is a one-day record for New York City.
The National Weather Service says the overall accumulation — 26.8 inches — is the second-most for a single storm in city history.
Meteorologist Faye Barthold says all but two-tenths of an inch of the city's accumulation fell on Saturday, surpassing the previous one-day mark of 24.1 inches on Feb. 12, 2006.
Officials say the total of 26.8 inches that fell in Central Park during the storm is the second-most since officials began keeping snowfall records in 1869. That narrowly misses tying the previous record of 26.9 inches from February 2006.
Snow stopped falling in New York City shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.
A travel ban keeping non-emergency workers off the roads was lifted early Sunday. Transit officials expect a gradual return of service.
At least 18 deaths have been blamed on the weather.
Baltimore officials have lifted an emergency travel ban for the snow-smothered city, but some restrictions remain in place.
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said in a news release that the so-called Phase III ban was lifted at 6 a.m. Sunday. The ban had prohibited all travel in the city except for emergency vehicles. Officials urged residents who didn't need to go out to still stay off the roads.
The Phase II plan remains in effect, meaning all vehicles venturing out on city roads must have all-weather tires. In addition, officials said parking will still be restricted along snow emergency routes."
The city is continuing to offer free parking for residents in city garages on a first-come, first-served basis.
The National Weather Service said on its Weather Prediction Center website early Sunday that more than a foot of snow had fallen in Baltimore — 16 inches to be exact.
New York's governor says a travel ban instituted during a massive snowstorm has been lifted.
Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) announced Sunday that the ban barring non-emergency motorists from being on the roads was lifted at 7 a.m.
The travel ban covered all state and local roads in New York City, the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway and the Port Authority's Hudson River crossings.
The governor says full service to the above-ground portions of the Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and city subway systems will be restored gradually, as equipment and crews are put into position.
Cuomo says the MTA will restore bus, subway and regional railroad service as conditions warrant throughout Sunday.
The governor declared a state of emergency Saturday throughout New York City and its suburbs during the storm that moved through the area with high wind and heavy snow.