Big freeze blasts US

Up to 60cm of snow recorded

A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States yesterday, dropping more than 30cm of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions.

The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City’s subway system was set to restart, though officials urged people who did not have to drive to stay off snow-covered roadways.

A blizzard warning remained in effect for much of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where snow was expected to go on falling at a rate as high as 5cm to 8cm an hour, even as the National Weather Service lifted its blizzard warning for the New York City area.