A late winter storm dumped 14 inches of snow on Missouri today and plowed into the Eastern Seaboard, icing over highways from Texas to New York City and crippling ground travel for beleaguered businessmen and tourists already frustrated by an airline strike.
The National Weather Service said the storm--coming just two weeks before the start of spring--as among the worst to hit Missouri in this century.
Heavy rains caused new flooding in Tennessee and West Virginia, gale-force winds jammed huge chunks of ice onto shoreline property along Lake Erie and bitter cold poured into the Gulf states, dropping temperatures to record low levels in at least 13 cities.
The storm reached from Texas to New York City, depositing a combination of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow along its path. Snow cluttered New York City streets during the morning rush hour.