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Northeast Snowstorm Delays Super Bowl Exodus
More severe winter weather in the northeast has hit travel plans for NFL fans looking to return home after the Super Bowl.
A day after hosting the NFL season finale, New Jersey declared a state of emergency, and several states closed government offices and schools due to hazardous travel conditions.
By midday, around 1,700 flights had been cancelled in cities including Philadelphia, Newark, New Jersey, and New York.
Another 3,000 flights had been delayed, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Snow began falling early on Monday, with forecasts calling for as much as eight inches (20cm) in the New York area.
Inbound flights to Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were delayed two to three hours because of snow and ice.
After watching their beloved Broncos get dismantled by the Seahawks, Russ Louderback and his 11-year-old son Mason were forced to endure an hours-long traffic jam and a cancelled flight home.
"It was so congested we couldn't get out of New Jersey, even though we left early because our team lost," said Mr Louderback
Seahawks fan Francois Emond, however, did not seem to mind that his flight home to Canada was cancelled.
Wearing a Seahawks championship hat and an ear-to-ear smile, Mr Emond said he was happy to spend another night in New York in light of Seattle's 43-8 victory.
"The night will be very short," he said. "When you win a Super Bowl for the first time, the night is very, very short."
Schools closed in many districts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
In Connecticut, 71-year-old architect Frank Emery described messy conditions outside as he stopped at a coffee shop in New Haven.
"A lot of people must have called in sick after the Super Bowl," he said. "It's not cleaned up as well as usual."
Forecasters expected the snow to ease off in the afternoon, but another storm is likely to hit the same region beginning on Tuesday night.
Gary Szatkowsi, a weather service meteorologist in New Jersey, said the Tuesday storm will bring a combination of rain, freezing rain and more snow.
There also is the possibility of another batch of winter weather over the weekend, Mr Szatkowski said.
Perhaps residents should not be surprised, considering groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Sunday.
"I like to say Punxsutawney Phil agrees with me," Mr Szatkowski said. "Winter's not over, that's for sure."
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