Published: Jan 27, 2011 7:44 PM EST
Updated: Jan 27, 2011 4:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) - Transportation by air, rail and road is starting to return to normal after a snowstorm socked the East Coast.

 Planes are taking off and landing again at airports in the New York area. The storm that dumped 19 inches of snow on New York and up to 17 inches in the Philadelphia area caused hundreds of flight cancellations.

Amtrak has restored normal service between New York and Boston. But some commuter trains in the Washington area are delayed or canceled.

Heavy, wet snow hit the Washington area just at the start of the evening rush hour yesterday, bringing traffic to a standstill. U.S. Park Police say almost 100 vehicles were abandoned on one major parkway.

A San Francisco man says what should have been a two-hour drive from Dulles International Airport outside Washington to Baltimore turned into a 9-hour "nightmare." Other people's commutes were even longer. And many finally reached home only to find they had no heat or electricity.

 The storm also proved deadly. Washington, D.C. police say one person died and several others were injured when a tree fell on a pickup truck.

 

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