NEW YORK (AP) — The work week got off to a slippery start Monday as a storm packing freezing rain, sleet and snow made travel difficult from the Ozarks to New England.
The storm was more pesky than debilitating, dumping only a few inches of snow at most as it moved northeast from the mid-Mississippi Valley. But even where only rain fell, near freezing temperatures made for slippery roads. The storm also caused airport delays.
Cold weather and icy conditions forced schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and throughout the New York-to-Washington, D.C., corridor to either open late or close for the day. Federal agencies in and around the nation's capital opened after a two-hour delay. And in Ohio, ice was limiting how much water cities could draw from Lake Erie.
Low clouds slowed flights in and out of airports in Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, where delays stretched longer than an hour.
Roads and sidewalks began to glaze over Sunday night in central Indiana, but the storm produced lighter amounts of ice than forecasters had predicted due to slightly warmer air and lighter precipitation.
In upstate New York, a few more inches of snow topped off the 2 to 4-plus feet that piled up from the most recent lake-effect storms. Snow fell Monday morning from Buffalo to Albany, causing minor delays for commuters in some areas.
In Ohio, residents and businesses in Avon Lake, Medina, Ashtabula and Geneva were asked to conserve water, with Todd Danielson, head of the Avon Lake Municipal Utilities, suggesting that residents hold off on washing clothes for a day or two. Water plant operators said the situation would correct itself when Lake Erie freezes over.
In northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle, freezing fog led to slick roads and bridges.