Transport Topics Closed Jan. 25, 26 as Washington Digs Out From Blizzard
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New York and New Jersey restored transportation services Jan. 24 and strove to be ready for a near-normal workweek, while Washington struggled to overcome the blizzard that blanketed parts of the Mid-Atlantic region with two feet of snow.
Stock, bond, and commodities markets in New York are planning to operate on regular schedules Jan. 25, spokeswomen said. Federal offices in Washington will be closed on Jan. 25, the Office of Personnel Management said. The House of Representatives canceled all votes scheduled for the week, and the Senate postponed to Jan. 27 from Jan. 26 a vote to confirm John M. Vazquez as a district judge for New Jersey.
The Washington-to-New York corridor is recovering from a weekend storm that brought the region to a standstill, cut power to several hundred thousand customers, and was blamed for at least 18 deaths. By the time the snow stopped falling in New York on the night of Jan. 23, it measured 26.8 inches deep in Central Park. That’s the second-most logged after a single storm and just 0.1 inches shy of the record set in February 2006.
The blizzard picked up steam after traveling across the South and Midwest. It dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Ohio, North Carolina and Kentucky before hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with full force the morning of Jan. 23. West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland logged some of the heaviest snowfall while Massachusetts was largely spared precipitation of the magnitude it sustained last winter.
Air services were resuming in New York on Jan. 24, but two of Washington’s three airports remained closed.
American Airlines Group Inc. canceled more than 1,600 flights scheduled for Jan. 24 as its operations remained closed at the major airports in New York and Washington, the company said in an e-mailed statement. Southwest Airlines Co. canceled about 550 flights on Jan. 24 and 40 on Jan. 25, according to its website. Delta Air Lines Inc. resumed operations in New York and Philadelphia on Jan. 24 and expects flights to and from Washington will begin Jan. 25.
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