The good news is that the storm is dissipating; New York skies occasionally brightened this afternoon. The bad news is that it is spreading over a larger area. There was snow as far west as Michigan and Indiana, and rain mixed with snow in Atlantic Canada.
The winter storm warning for the New York area has finally been lifted after more than 24 hours, though a milder "advisory" remains in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Coastal areas east of New York City got hard rain yesterday instead of snow because of moist, relatively mild air from the Atlantic. Now, they have snow. And winds swirled around the center of the storm -- strongest 50 to 100 miles from the storm's center, which drifted east over southern New England.
"You know it's not easy," said a New York cab driver. "You got to be driving, like, five miles per hour. It's really crazy."
Almost all school systems in the New York suburbs were closed today. New York City's public schools were closed -- a rarity for a city that tries to keep going in bad weather.
"When we went to bed last night we hoped we could keep the schools open," said Mayor Mike Bloomberg," because one of our main objectives is always to keep students in school and allow parents to go to work, but unfortunately the storm just sat on us all night long."
Eric Warner of Brooklyn did not have the same luck as the school kids. He had to drive a truckload of milk and eggs from New Jersey to Manhattan.
"When the snow hits you, it feels like needles," he said.
ABC's Steve Splane, Matt Hosford, Gregory Croft, Lee Speigel and Caila Klaiss contributed to this story. Additional information from the Associated Press.