The Latest: Some Pa. government offices closed amid cleanup


NEW YORK >> The latest on recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Pennsylvanians are digging out from the major snowstorm that crippled a stretch of the turnpike and finding many offices and schools closed.

The Capitol complex in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia and Reading state office buildings are closed Monday for non-essential employees.

Many schools are closed because crews are still clearing local roads.

Motorists are advised to be cautious because of slick spots, especially on exit ramps. Commuters who ride buses can expect delays along snow-covered streets.

Forecasters say 31.9 inches fell in Allentown, breaking the 1996 two-day snowfall record of 25.6 inches.

There was 22.4 inches in Philadelphia, matching the average snowfall for the season.

A section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh reopened Sunday, days after more than 500 vehicles were stranded.

Officials apologized and are investigating what went wrong.

7 a.m.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City says partial train service has been restored on the Long Island Rail Road.

Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Huntington branches are running with express trains making local stops until they're filled.

Diesel train service is restored in diesel territory on the Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson branches between Greenport and Ronkonkoma and west of Speonk on the Montauk branch.

Service remains suspected on the Port Washington, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach and West Hempstead branches and east of Speonk on the Montauk branch.

There is no service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal. Those tickets will be cross-honored by NYC Transit on the 2 and 3 trains between Brooklyn and Penn Station.

New York City subways, buses and Metro-North Railroad service have been restored.


6:15 a.m.

New Jersey Transit has resumed regular weekday rail service after a major snowstorm shut the system down.

Rail, light rail and Access Link services are operational Monday with the exception of the Gladstone Branch, where buses are running between Gladstone and Summit.

Bus passengers can expect delays due to local road conditions.

NJ Transit is cross-honoring system-wide.

PATH trains are running. But there is no PATH service between Newark and Journal Square. NJ Transit is cross-honoring.

Amtrak is operating on a modified schedule.


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