Millions recovering from Blizzard 2016

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-24 12:18:53-05

U.S. (AP) -- Millions of Americans are digging out from a mammoth blizzard that set a new single-day snowfall record in Washington and New York City.

Hurricane-force winds and whiteout conditions gave way to blinding sunshine Sunday and temperatures slightly above freezing, promising a gentle thawing-out.

New York and Baltimore began lifting travel restrictions and hearty souls ventured out on snow-choked streets, while mass transit systems up and down the coast prepared to restore normal service.

The air travel picture remained complicated after 7,000 weekend flights were canceled: United Airlines said limited service might begin later Sunday in New York City, but airports in the Washington D.C. area were likely to remain closed Sunday, and other airlines began cutting Monday service.

At least 20 deaths are now blamed on the winter storm that has blasted the East Coast, with two more deaths reported in Virgina.

A man was killed yesterday in a single-vehicle crash in Virginia Beach that police blamed on speed and icy road conditions, and local news reports say Virginia Tech filmmaker Jerry Scheeler died Friday while shoveling snow outside his house in Daleville.

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