Mid-Atlantic states strive to return to normal

Morning commuters pass plowed snow on Wall Street in front of Federal Hall in New York's Financial District, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. U.S. stocks are slipping Monday morning as energy prices retreat from a rally late last week. Mining and materials stocks are slumping as paper and packing companies lost ground. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) – It’s still not easy to get around some cities in the eastern United States, following the weekend blizzard.

In Washington, DC, the transit system has resumed limited rail and bus service, and the rides are free for the day. Commuter rail service has been restored in New Jersey and parts of New York’s Long Island.

In Pennsylvania, residents are digging out from a snowstorm that crippled a stretch of the turnpike. Many schools are closed because crews are still clearing local roads.

One man was perched on a snowbank in Philadelphia — near what’s normally the stop for the bus that takes him to work. Dave Lenowitz said if there’d been more snow on the streets, he’d ski to work and back.

For others, the weekend is extending into today, because of closed schools and government offices.

More than 1,500 flights remain delayed or cancelled. Airports in the New York City and Washington D.C. metro areas were the hardest hit.

The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington, D.C. to New York City.

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