Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on East Coast Travel

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The winter storm system that brought arctic temperatures to Dallas is now taking aim at the East Coast. Snow, ice and freezing rain are making for a dangerous commute from Wisconsin to Virginia and all the way to New England.
 
"Oh my goodness, winter is here," one East Coast resident observed. "It's definitely here.
    
West Virginia saw three to six inches of snow early Sunday morning, and the nation's capital is waking up to its first snow accumulation of the season.
    
Sleet and freezing rain are causing some big problems for people on the roads.
 
A 50-car wreck outside Philadelphia left one man dead. And near Milwaukee, Wis., a 30-car crash injured dozens and shut down Interstate 94.
 
"It was bad. You can barely see off the road," Milwaukee motorist Luis Alanis said.
 
"Things start getting slick, everyone starts slowing down and then bounce, bounce and then it's like bumper cars," motorist Zachary Zander said.
    
Transportation officials say the best thing to do is for people to just stay off the roads. Nevertheless, they say they're going to try and make the morning commute as safe as possible.
 
"We're going to make sure that we get a lot of salt and continue it down so the  morning rush  hour is going to be smooth for people going to work and for school,"Nick Martino, assistant district executive of maintenance at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said.
    
The ice is also impacting air travel. Airlines grounded more than 2,700 flights on Sunday, and more than a thousand are already cancelled for Monday.
 
"We keep getting delayed. A lot of people are super upset," airline passenger Nicole Bell said.
 
Another passenger said, "I'm this close to starting to begin to be frustrated here."
     
The National Weather Service says the snow, sleet and ice should pass by the end of Monday, but cold temperatures will remain.
 
That's bad news for those without power. Falling tree limbs have knocked out hundreds of power lines. Utility providers say it could take days to get them back up.

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