Emergency crews and residents in the Northeast are struggling to clear roads and sidewalks after a storm that dumped up to 3 feet of snow on the region.

A snow mound in Boston
A snow mound in Boston (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The wet snow and powerful winds also knocked out power to more than half a million homes and business, but that number has been reduced to 345,000 this morning. Utilities in New England say some customers may be in the dark through tomorrow.

Boston's Logan Airport resumed operations late Saturday night, but public transit in the region was suspended through Sunday. Authorities hoped to restore most service for Monday.

Amtrak has resumed limited operations between New York and Boston.

The storm started Friday night and dumped up to 3 feet of snow and knocked out power to more than 650,000 homes and businesses from Maine to Pennsylvania.

Some school districts have announced there will be no classes on Monday. That complicates parents' work schedules but leaves kids more time for frolicking in the massive drifts.

At least five deaths in the U.S. are blamed on the storm, including an 11-year-old Boston boy who was overcome by carbon monoxide as he sat in a running car.

 Cleaning The Long Island Expressway

Snow removal on the Long Island Expressway
Snow removal on the Long Island Expressway (WABC TV)

A 27-mile stretch of the major interstate bisecting New York's Long Island is closed in both directions while crews remove snow from the massive storm that blanketed the Northeast.

Eastern Long Island was slammed with 30 inches of snow in some places. At the height of the storm, hundreds of cars got stuck on area roads including the Long Island Expressway. That has made snow removal from those highways more difficult.

A police spokeswoman for Suffolk County on Long Island said Sunday that all known abandoned vehicles were searched, and no one needing medical help was found.

The expressway is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Long Island Power Authority was reporting 13,000 customers without power Sunday morning.

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