WASHINGTON - The old saying about March coming in like a lion certainly came true for millions of people Monday morning.
A large, late winter storm socked the Northeast, grounded hundreds of flights, caused accidents and backups on highways, delayed trains and buses and shut down schools for more than a million children from South Carolina to Maine. Many areas expected to see between eight and 12 inches of accumulation.
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Millions woke up Monday under a blanket of snow -- beautiful to some, but potentially dangerous to others.
Socking the Southeast
"I don't mind it snowing, I'm hoping there's no ice on the road in the morning when I have to go work," one resident said.
The storm roared through the southeast, leaving around 5-inches of snow in Birmingham, Ala. As the winter whip made its way north, hundreds of church services had to be cancelled Sunday due to the weather. But the biggest punch was expected along the busy I-95 corridor, with Washington, New York and Boston in the crosshairs.
"Producing some very heavy snowfall. It is going to be a very messy morning commute," AccuWeather Meteorologist John Porter said.
In Illinois, where they're used to the wintry weather, Chicagoans took the snowfall in stride.
But in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, where it's not as common, it made for traffic nightmares, stranding drivers and shutting down interstates.
Even experienced truckers were complaining how the heavy snowfall made it difficult to drive.
"Well it's snowing real heavily down there in Columbus, we were right in the Pine Mountain area, and it was like a blizzard really. There wasn't a lot of snow on the ground but it was coming down real heavy," a driver said.
"Just cut us a break and take it easy. It's all I can do, just slow down, and bear with it, and try to keep everybody safe." another driver said.
For the kids, it was another chance to play and wish for classes to be canceled.
"I hope there's no school," a parent said.
With the forecast calling for up to 15 inches of snow by late Monday afternoon, the Nor'easter drove Boston city officials to declare a snow emergency one day ahead of the storm.
"This heavy snow is going to expand and effect places like Baltimore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, right up into New York City, and eventually, Boston," Porter said.
In New Jersey, state offices were opening under delays. And in Washington -- where there's a declared "snow emergency" -- federal workers were allowed to arrive up to two hours late for work.
Here in the nation's capital, a snow emergency means cars aren't allowed to be parked along roads that are part of the declared emergency route.
Normally, you might be okay to park here, but today you'd be in for a rude surprise -- cars are towed and the owner gets fined $250 plus $125 in towing and impound fees. Not a fun way to remember the season's most significant snow storm.