Blizzard Slams Midwest as Northeast Digs Out

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Another blizzard blasted the country Monday, this time striking the Northern Plains and Minnesota.

Strong wind gusts up to 50 mph and higher swept across the Midwest, leading to whiteout conditions and treacherous travel.

The strong winter storm system is expected to affect the area through Monday.

Meanwhile, the monster blizzard in the Northeast brought some of the highest snow accumulations ever recorded. The storm has been blamed for at least 15 deaths in the United States and Canada.

Millions of people are digging out Monday morning, and officials predict it's going to take days to recover.

"It's horrible," one Northeast resident said. "When you do shovel your driveway, the plows come and they put the snow back onto the driveway."

Utility crews are working around the clock to restore power to thousands who have been left in the cold and dark. Around 180,000 customers are still without electricity in hardest-hit Massachusetts.

"We have no power, no heat, no electricity, no nothing," one Massachusetts resident said.

An army of snow trucks worked on the Long Island Expressway, one of New York's busiest, after the storm dumped close to three feet of snow.

At the height of the storm, some drivers had to abandon their cars, while others spent the night on the roadway.

"I got through the night with just starting the car every 40 minutes, getting some heat," one motorist said.

Driving bans put in place across the region during the storm have been lifted, but for many it doesn't matter. The snow has left many cars buried.

"I work in a nursing home in Brooklyn, and I had to call in a couple days now to let them know I cannot come to work," one resident said. "The snow is high like a mountain."

In hard-hit Boston, schools are closed Monday.

"We opened several community centers for kids to go to and the parents if they want, free of charge," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said.

Northeast airports are operating close to normal schedules. More than 5,000 flights were cancelled at the height of the storm.

Monday's forecast calls for warmer temperatures and rain in New England, but there's a new concern. Some roofs already covered with snow may not be able to withstand the added weight.

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