At New York's LaGuardia Airport, passengers were hoping they could beat the storm, with no luck.
"We just found out that all the flights for our airline are canceled," said one traveler, Tina Moore.
In Baltimore, Alex Eichmiller was stuck on a runway for eight hours along with 147 fellow passengers on an Air Jamaica flight, as he told the local ABC station.
"Everyone is getting restless and hot and hungry," he said, adding that they were getting water as they waited, but not food.
Things were not much better on the roads.
In Havertown, Pa., near Philadelphia, Christine Cavalier said initially it appeared only major thoroughfares in the area were being cleared.
"People are getting through, but they can't go everywhere," she said, according to ABC News Radio.
Cavalier, mother of a 9-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son, said her kids loved it.
"The snow angels were a little bit hard to do, because they couldn't get up after they made them," she said, laughing. "They were so deep down in the snow that it was hard for them to actually get back up again."
Even after the snow moved out of some areas, blowing snow and unplowed roads continue to make driving dangerous well into Sunday.
Authorities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia asked residents this morning to stay home and give public works crews a chance to plow major highways and roads.
Area hospitals asked for volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles to help get doctors and nurses to work. Other employers were requesting that only essential employees report to work today.
In Virginia alone on Saturday, police responded to more than 2,900 traffic accidents and disabled vehicles, and nearly 1,000 drivers were stranded on a highway. Rescue workers had to drive up and down roads offering to take stranded riders to shelters. The National Guard had to rescue some motorists in Humvees.
"The only thing I can say is if you don't have to be out here don't," said Mark Hall a stranded driver. "And if you are, make sure you got a full tank of gas."
Almost 1,000 people across the nation woke up in Red Cross shelters this morning, the Red Cross said in a Twitter "tweet" today.
In Maryland on Saturday, a snow plow made matters worse when it pushed as much as 18 inches of snow onto a ramp where 20 vehicles were hoping to get on the highway to get home. A state trooper, also stranded with the cars, was able to call for help and get all of the drivers and passengers out safely.
One Virginian was reported as having been killed in a traffic accident caused by "slick roads," according to The Associated Press, and another of the five deaths may have been caused by poor conditions on the road.
Another death is believed to have been caused by exposure to low temperatures, according to the AP, and two others in Ohio were killed in accidents on the snowy roads.
There were plenty of rescues, too.
In Wonalancet, N.H., after a lengthy search, fire-rescue crews managed to locate a missing 53-year-old hiker who had called for help over a bad cell phone connection during the storm, according to ABC News affiliate WMUR.
Aside from occasional light flurries, snow had stopped falling in downtown Washington, D.C., by this morning after a record-breaking winter storm. It was the heaviest December snowfall ever and among the biggest snowfalls in local history.