Public officials were on the defensive on Friday after the first surprisingly strong snowstorm that led to thousands of drivers per hour and forced students to spend the night in their schools.
New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy said the "bad" predictions were partly guilty. He took a smile on the social networks of people complaining about his handling of Thursday's storm, including one of its most important components. Former Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, tweeted Murphy who took him for almost six hours to travel about 30km (48km). Murphy did not respond directly to his predecessor.
"Clearly we could have done better and we will do better," Murphy said.
Snow and salt trucks have not been able to make teeth throughout the New York metropolitan area due to the grinding of roads and local roads.
In West Orange, New Jersey, more than one hundred students were late at night – and some even in the morning – at an intermediate school after the buses were stranded for hours and returned. Staffers stayed at night and dine for students who could not get home.
Student Breanna Dannestoy told NBC New York that she and other West Orange students were taken to a restaurant before returning to school.
"It's been a long time, I'm excited to go home and sleep," he said.
Between strange looks in the storm, which cleared as much as 17 centimeters (43 centimeters) in some areas of the state of New York, was a camel called Einstein. The animal was directed to an event organized by the Jewish Philly organization when the vehicle that traveled was stuck, according to the group. Einstein was unable to reach his destination, as his drivers returned to the Pacific Kingdom Petting Zoo where they started.
Some drivers woke up in their cars on Friday morning after being trapped overnight on the Greater Freeway Dean in the Bronx. Accidents at the George Washington Bridge stopped traffic at the crossing and caused backup copies in New York and New Jersey.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he understands why people are frustrated that the city authorities were trapped by a snowstorm that dragged some New Yorkers into their cars for hours.
Blasio said in New York on Friday that the city "will do a full review of what's happened here."
A mayor's spokesman said that the beginning of the storm meant that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority did not have snow chains on its buses. He said many of them had to retire, "crossing streets."
Delays in the buses caused a logjam of travelers on Thursday, forcing officers to close their doors at the bus terminal of the New York Port Authority.
The winter weather also caused a nightmare of traffic in Pennsylvania, with numerous vehicles trapped for several hours from the Lehigh valley to the state line of New Jersey. The police sometimes went to the other side of the road, touching the horns to wake up the drivers who fell asleep while sitting in the traffic.
About 105,000 homes and businesses had no power since Friday morning in Pennsylvania, mainly in the western part of the state.
In Vermont, in addition to the nightmare of the region's traffic, the storm was an option for Vermont ski resorts. Okemo Mountain and Stowe Mountain Resort opened on Friday when snow continued to fall. Sugarbush is opening on Saturday. Killington Resort is already open and other ski areas are planning to open at the end of this month.
Some areas of Massachusetts received more than 9 inches (23 cm) of snow in the storm, which turned to rain at night to complicate the diversion in the morning. State police said a stretch of the Massachusetts Turnpike to the east closed Friday after several tractor-trailer crashes.
Many schools in northern New England and the state of New York have been delayed or closed.