Early snowfall swept through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Saturday, causing widespread power outages and stranding airline passengers. More than 4 million people across five states were believed to be without power on Sunday. Five deaths have been attributed to the storm, some of them the result of traffic accidents.
Hundreds of people were left to camp out in airports after the snow grounded planes and killed airport power. One passenger’s plane had to be diverted from its original destination, New York, to Connecticut, after being told there was a problem on the runway. The plane sat for hours only for its passengers to be told they could not take off again, and would have to stay the night. The power outage meant there were no food options in the airport, and no way to charge cell phones.