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Northeast Deals With Winter Storm      01/27 07:19

   Stories from and a timeline of the winter storm hitting the northeast U.S.

   (AP) -- The snowstorm pounding the Northeast left millions hunkered down 
waiting for the weather to clear, while others got an early start on their job 
or commute. Some others, namely travelers, were just left waiting.

   Here are some of their stories.

   ***

   At New York City's Penn Station, the status of every Amtrak train reads 
"canceled."

   Steve Rouse was among several dozen people in the Amtrak waiting area. He 
was trying to find a way to get home to Queens.

   The 29-year-old store manager had arrived at the station at 2 a.m. after 
taking an Amtrak train from Washington, D.C.

   He said he was waiting until he could get a cab or subway home, and he knows 
it could be a long wait.

   Only emergency vehicles are allowed on city streets, and subway service is 
suspended until further notice.

   Amtrak suspended service north of New York and reduced its schedule for 
trains traveling south of New York

   ***

   The snowstorm that shut down New York and much of New England ended up 
sparing Philadelphia and its suburbs from a crippling blow and prompted city 
officials to lift a snow emergency early Tuesday.

   Turns out, some people were disappointed, while others were thrilled.

   "I was hoping we were going to get a lot of snow," said parking attendant 
Jean Louis. "I woke up and was like, 'It's a joke, man.'"

   Before sunrise Tuesday, downtown Philadelphia hummed with sounds of plows, 
snow blowers and shovels scraping up the thin coat of white that materialized 
overnight.

   Donna Whitaker huddled under the canopy of a high-rise office building as 
she waited for the bus. She said she was thrilled the blizzard bypassed the 
City of Brotherly Love because she had no way to get to work in heavy snow.

   "I'm very happy," said Whitaker.

   Zia Mughal started his day delivering bread earlier than usual.

   Mughal, 41, said he wasn't supposed to work until noon, but was told to come 
in at 5 a.m. to get an early start. Standing at the back of his open delivery 
truck, Mughal said the roads hadn't been bad, but he hoped to be off the 
streets soon.

   ***

   New York City ended up not dealing with a monster storm.

   Midtown Manhattan was blanketed with white, but roads and sidewalks were 
passable.

   A few people and cars were out early Tuesday.

   Many businesses, such as 24-hour delis, were open.

   Mido Salha worked his usual overnight shift at the City Gourmet Market on 
Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. He put a "we are open" sign in the window.

   He says "It's just a regular snow day."

   Brandon Bhajan, a security guard at a 33rd Street building, says he thinks 
it's a good thing the city prepared New Yorkers for the worst even if it didn't 
turn out as bad.

   He says the "over-coverage" of the storm allowed people to be ready and 
prepared.

   Associated Press writers Sean Carlin and Michael Sisak in Philadelphia and 
Ula Ilnytzky in New York City contributed to this report.

   (AP) -- The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

   7 A.M. EST

   The storm continues to pound eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, eastern 
Connecticut and eastern Long Island, where accumulations could reach 2 feet. 

   Light snow is falling in New York City, which got about 7-10 inches of snow. 

   Philadelphia, initially predicted to get about a foot of snow, gets about an 
inch. Boston is virtually shut down, but places farther south are reopening, 
with New Jersey lifting a travel ban in the southern half of the state.

   6 A.M. EST

   Amtrak suspends service north of New York and reduces its schedule for 
trains operating south of New York. Northeast Regional and Acela Express 
services are operating on a reduced schedule between New York and Washington.

   4 A.M. EST

   Maine Gov. Paul LePage declares a state of emergency and announces that all 
state offices are closed Tuesday. LePage cites the forecast for winter storm 
and blizzard conditions, as well as the potential coastal flooding in southwest 
Maine.

   MIDNIGHT EST

   Rhode Island implemented a travel ban on all roads and closed its bridges.

   11 P.M. EST

   Authorities ban travel on city streets and highways in New York City, Long 
Island and New Jersey except for first responders and essential personnel.

   Philadelphia, which had expected to receive up to 14 inches of snow, could 
now get much less. Mayor Michael Nutter says forecasters are projecting 6 to 10 
inches of snow but strong winds are still anticipated.

   10 P.M. EST

   The Massachusetts Department of Transportation waived tolls along the 
Massachusetts Turnpike, the Tobin Bridge and the Harbor Tunnels until further 
notice.

   9 P.M. EST

   New Jersey Transit has shut down service but says it will restore operations 
"as soon as possible." It had said earlier that commuter trains wouldn't run 
until at least Thursday because of the snowstorm.

   Streets across the Northeast are almost empty. In New York City, it seems 
most workers are back at home for the night. Long Island resident Sameer Navi, 
who works for Citigroup in Manhattan, followed officials' advice about going 
home early to avoid the brunt of the storm. "I did leave earlier than usual," 
he says.

   8 P.M. EST

   The snow lets up, with none falling in Philadelphia and only light flurries 
in Providence, Rhode Island, in Boston and in New York City. But New York Mayor 
Bill de Blasio warns residents not to grow relaxed because of the lull: "This 
is literally the calm before the storm," he says.

   Amtrak says it will suspend rail service in the New England region and 
modify service between New York and Washington on Tuesday because of snowy 
conditions. 

   It says the Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between New York 
and Boston will be suspended.

   7 P.M. EST

   Snowfall totals: In New York City, close of 5 inches in Queens and more than 
4 inches in Central Park, the National Weather Service says. In parts of 
Pennsylvania, as much as 3 inches.

   Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo tells residents to prepare for 2 to 3 feet 
of snow and expect to potentially be without power for days. "Stay in your 
house until you hear otherwise," Raimondo warns.

   6 P.M. EST

   Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy activates 400 members of the National 
Guard to assist with any emergency that may arise and orders all nonessential 
state workers to stay home Tuesday.

   The New York State Thruway Authority is restricting all tractor-trailers on 

   Interstate 87 between Newburgh and the New York City Line.

   Snow predictions have risen in Maine to 2 feet, and dozens of school 
districts and businesses say they'll be closed Tuesday, including public 
schools in Bangor, Biddeford, Falmouth and Saco.

   2,000 pieces: The size of the puzzle lifelong Augusta, Maine, resident 
Heather Gluck has on hand to bide her time if power goes out. "If I have to do 
it by 

   candlelight tonight, I will," she said.

   Flights canceled: About 7,500 through Wednesday.

   5 P.M. EST

   Broadway theaters are shuttering as the snowstorm begins to blast Times 
Square. 

   All performances will be closed on Monday, a traditionally quiet night with 
few shows available, and no decision about Tuesday has been made.

   Massachusetts: 500 National Guard troops are on stand-by to be quickly 
deployed if needed, says Gov. Charlie Baker.

   Commuter trains: A Connecticut travel ban begins at 9 p.m., and Metro North 
is running more trains than normal to get commuters home well before heavy snow 
arrives tonight. In New York, Port Authority Trans-Hudson rail service will 
operate on weekend schedules after 9 p.m.

   Weather unfit for man or beast: New York City's four zoos and aquarium will 
be closed Tuesday. The Wildlife Conservation Society says they closed at 3 p.m. 
Monday.

   4 P.M. EST

   Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says hundreds of thousands of people could 
lose electricity and it could take several days for it all to be restored. 

   Connecticut can expect at least 100,000 power outages, utility companies say.

   A full jury was seated Monday in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Fall 
River, Massachusetts, but a judge pushed opening statements to at least 
Thursday because of the storm.

   New Jersey: Road crews are salting major highways, and speed is restricted 
to 45 mph on the entire Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.

   Philadelphia: Snow emergency starts at 6 p.m. ahead of an expected 10 to 14 
inches of snow. That means cars left on major arteries will be towed.

   Flights canceled through Wednesday: About 7,000.

   3 P.M. EST

   Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to residents: Be off the roads by 8 p.m. 
before the full force of this "multiday event" arrives. And Massachusetts Gov. 
Charlie Baker issues an indefinite ban on all nonessential motor vehicle travel 
starting at midnight, punishable by a fine of up to $500. What they fear is 
that the impending winds of 60 to 70 mph and swirling snow will make travel 
extra-treacherous.

   New York City's major stock exchanges say they plan to hold normal trading 
hours Tuesday despite the crippling load of snow expected in the city. Why? 
Most trades are now handled electronically.

   Airlines: Most major carriers say they'll waive the change fee, typically 
$200, for passengers who reschedule their travel to or from the Northeast 
through Tuesday.

   Amtrak: Trains will continue to run in the Northeast corridor, but 
passengers should expect reduced service in the 440-mile stretch between Boston 
and Washington.

   2 P.M. EST

   A spokesman at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire says all 
flights likely will be canceled Tuesday --- the first time the airport would 
close in 25 years. The southern part of the state expects about 2 feet of snow.

   New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says streets will be closed to all but 
emergency vehicles starting at 11 p.m. ahead of the 18 to 24 inches of snow 
expected. A blizzard warning is now on for the city through midnight Tuesday.

   New York: Fire Department plans to have an extra 500 staffers on duty.

   New Jersey: NJ Transit shuts down starting at 8 p.m. Monday and commuter 
trains won't be restored until at least Thursday morning.

   Flights canceled: More than 6,000.

   1 p.m.

   New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declares a state of emergency, and New York 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo considers a travel ban for the New York City area ahead of 
storm that is expected to start in earnest Monday evening.

   Snow already is falling in Philadelphia and New York, but the worst is 
expected tonight and into Tuesday, with 1 to 3 feet across much of the region, 
affecting 35 million people.

   A coastal flood warning has been issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts 
amid predictions of heavy winds, up to 75 mph in some areas.

   Flights canceled: Nearly 6,000, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

   Philadelphia: Schools close at noon, nonessential city workers to leave two 
hours later.

   NOON EST

   The Northeast shuts down against a snowstorm that could be one for the 
history books, with some 35 million people in its path in the 
Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor.

   Snow is coming down in Philadelphia and New York, and Boston is up next in 
the afternoon. The worst of it is expected to hit tonight and into Tuesday, 
with 1 to 3 feet across much of the region.

   Flights canceled: More than 5,000 and counting.


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