Snow-choked New England braced for more winter grief later in the week as people dug out from another 2 feet of snow Tuesday amid below-freezing temperatures and stranded Boston commuters scrambled to find other ways to get to work.
Officials considered dumping the latest snow by the truckload into the ocean, and forecasters warned that more snow is possible Thursday and again over the weekend.
Boston-area subways, trolleys and commuter rail trains remained idle Tuesday, with only limited bus service continuing. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it needed the break to clear snow and ice from tracks and to assess equipment damaged by the spate of storms.
Boston hospitals set up sleeping areas for workers, and police were offering rides to work for doctors and nurses.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at New England airports. Officials at Boston's Logan International Airport said they hoped normal passenger service would resume by midday Tuesday. Amtrak canceled train service from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston because of snow removal.
After a brief respite Wednesday, forecasters said much of New England is on track to get more snow Thursday and into the Friday morning commute, with 3 inches expected in Boston and 6 or more south of the city.
A much larger storm could dump appreciably higher amounts Sunday into Monday, but meteorologists said it was still too early to say how much. Experts urged people to clear as much snow as possible from the roofs of homes and businesses in the meantime to avoid collapses.