Just when the crocuses started to bloom with only a week before the calendar marks the start of spring, the Northeast was paralyzed Tuesday with a wet dollop of snow, sleet and rain.
The winter storm didn’t live up to its advance hype as an epic blizzard, but it nevertheless left much of the country a slushy, slippery mess.
Schools were closed from Maine to northern Virginia. Federal government offices in Washington opened with a three-hour delay so that workers would avoid the dangerous commute. Nearly 7,000 flights were canceled nationwide, according to FlightAware, an aviation and data services firm.
As the day wore on, the storm track shifted slightly, and snow...