The second brutal winter storm in a week blanketed parts of the United States in snow, leaving behind bitter cold and dangerous travel conditions. The storm, which has been nicknamed “Linus” by the Weather Channel, disrupted the start of the work week for millions of people and has been blamed for several deaths, according to ABC.
Boston was the hardest hit by the storm, receiving 40.2 inches of snow by Tuesday and setting a new record for the snowiest seven-day period in the city’s history, reported CNN. Boston typically averages around 47 inches of snowfall annually but has already received more than that in the past two weeks alone. The city has declared a snow emergency, closing all schools on Tuesday and banning on-street parking. A planned Tuesday parade celebrating the Super Bowl victory of the New England Patriots was also rescheduled for Wednesday following the storm.
Over 19 inches of snow fell in Chicago, prompting major travel delays and dangerous road conditions. 70 passengers were stuck on a commuter train just outside the city, only reaching their destination six hours later. A 45-vehicle pileup on Interstate 294 in the Chicago suburb of Hickory Hills hospitalized eight people and left many commuters embroiled in traffic late Monday. More than 16 inches of snow were reported in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday, the most for any February day in the city.
A record amount of snow was dumped on southeastern Michigan, with 16.7 inches of snow reported at Detroit Metro Airport, marking the most snow the area has received since 1974 and the third largest snowfall on record, according to Detroit’s local CBS affiliate. Several cities in the area have declared snow emergencies and hundreds of schools canceled classes for a second consecutive day.
Parts of Iowa received around 14 inches of snow, while areas of Ohio received as much as 20 inches, forcing additional school closures on Tuesday, according to Weather.com. The storm has been blamed for at least 10 deaths around the country, said CNN. A 57-year-old pedestrian in Weymouth, Massachusetts was killed Monday after being struck by a snowplow and two people died in car accidents in Nebraska Sunday as a result of slippery roads.