Spring snowstorm grounds U.S. flights

AFP-JIJI

A huge snowstorm stretching from St. Louis to Washington on Monday grounded hundreds of flights and left residents wondering when winter would finally give way to spring.

Nearly a week after the spring equinox, huge swaths of the U.S. remained in winter’s clutches.

The National Weather Service forecast that up to 20 cm of snow could fall on Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while mountainous areas of West Virginia and Kentucky could get as much as 40 cm.

Indiana already received as many as 23 cm in some areas and another 8 cm were expected before the storm blew over Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, St. Louis was digging out from a record-breaking 32 cm of snow that fell Sunday and continued to accumulate Monday.