Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – A winter storm is affecting a stretch of almost 1,600 miles from Minneapolis to Maine. Cities like Chicago, New York and Boston have had to deal with a mixture of snow, ice and rain before a night freeze.
It was not the biggest storm of the season, but for those trapped in the wall of the winter mix, it collapsed. The freeways from the Midwest to the Northeast were full of cars that could not stand the icy roads, leaving some 55 million people in their clutches.
Street signs encapsulated in ice in Chicago, while forcing pedestrians to dodge the falling ice of skyscrapers. For many, the most basic tasks, such as walking to school, became difficult.
As road conditions were hit and tested, so was air transport. A total of 2,400 flights were canceled, with an additional delay of 4,500.
Before it all ends, the storm would drop up to five inches of snow in parts of New England. But for people accustomed to being beaten, it's nothing they were not ready for.
Even with this storm, it has been a relatively calm winter. Boston has achieved almost three inches of snow so far this year. The city had about 29 inches this time last year.
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