Much of the Northeast awoke Wednesday to single-digit temperatures, below-zero wind chills and a deep blanket of snow a day after a snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas along the I-95 corridor.
For the second day in a row, traffic was squeezed, airlines were challenged and government offices, schools and businesses were struggling to function.
And, although the snowfall was over, the near-record low temperatures promised to plague tens of millions of people from the Southeast to New England.
About a foot and a half of snow fell in parts of New Jersey and Massachusetts. Philadelphia saw a little over a foot, the National Weather Service reported, which was a daily record. New York City received a record 11.5 inches, while parts of Maryland had 9 inches.
Hanover, Mass., received 18 inches while Manalapan, N.J., recorded 16 inches of snow.
Airlines canceled more than 1,600 flights Wednesday morning, with more than 500 others delayed, Flightstats.com reported. Nearly 3,500 flights were canceled Tuesday, with thousands more delayed.
Traffic flow was improving Wednesday. But the bar wasn't too high -- In Delaware on Tuesday, it took one driver an hour and 45 minutes to make a normal 20-minute drive from Wilmington to the New Castle area.
Parts of the Midwest were not exempt from the weather woes. The Weather Channel reported that heavy lake-effect snow near Gary, Ind., had stopped traffic on a section of I-80/94. Close to 20 inches of snow had been reported in Gary, none of which was associated with the big storm along the East Coast.
Just as commuters were digging out from the day-long snowstorm Wednesday morning, bitterly cold air will spread across the East. High temperatures will be at least 10 to 20 degrees below average, even as far south as Miami, according to AccuWeather.
Most of the state of Florida was under a freeze watch overnight, with the exception of far southern Florida. Miami could still see temperatures in the mid-40s tonight.
Many schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky were closed Wednesday.
In Washington, D.C., the 40th annual March for Life was still a go Wednesday, although many bus trips had to be canceled due to the storm.
While the East digs out, barely a flake or a drop was to be found anywhere in the parched West: "Over the West Coast and into the Intermountain West, it's like a broken record with very dry weather and above normal temperatures expected to continue," wrote National Weather Service meteorologist David Hamrick in an online forecast.