Record-breaking storm covers U.S. north

A record-breaking storm buried sections of the northeastern U.S. under more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow, frustrating thousands of marooned travelers but enthralling winter-lovers who took to the streets with cross-country skis and snowshoes.

The timing of Sunday's storm helped transportation workers who plowed streets in relatively light weekend traffic and expected to have roadways ready for Monday's rush hour.

All three of the major New York-area airports were closed for much of the day, and airlines canceled more than 500 inbound and departing flights, 200 each at LaGuardia and Newark airports and 120 at Kennedy. By Sunday evening, Newark and Kennedy reopened with limited service.

The storm came on the heels of an unusually mild January that had people shedding jackets and ski resorts lamenting lost business.

"It's sort of crazy because it was so warm a couple of weeks ago and now we have knee-deep snow," said Skye Drynan, walking her dogs Bella and Forest in Manhattan, reports the AP.

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