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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Digging Out, East Coast Girds for More Snow

NEW YORK -- Storm-weary Easterners slogged to work through mountains of piled-up snow and made another run on grocery stores as they tried to comprehend the possibility that another big storm was on the way.

"I really don't want to wait for the milk. I want to get on with my life,'' a frustrated Judy Kaitz said Wednesday after digging her way out of the snow in New York to stock up on food.

Simple tasks have become tests of endurance in the aftermath of the big blizzard of '96, a storm the U.S. East Coast is still digging out from under and which has been blamed for at least 100 deaths since Sunday.

By Wednesday, commuters were shoving and fuming, shoppers waited again in long lines, and shovelers wondered where to throw all the snow.

But the worst news was the forecast: By Friday, at least 30 centimeters of new snow may be headed into many areas of the region.

Sunday and Monday's blizzard steamrolled as far south as Georgia and Alabama, shutting down most schools and businesses until Tuesday and paralyzing planes, trains, buses and automobiles.

Philadelphia Mayor Edward Rendell begged residents to shovel themselves out from under a record 78 centimeters of snow. He said the city's plows are too big to get through many of the narrow streets.

Philadelphia schools were closed for the fourth consecutive day Thursday. Most Boston schools also were still closed; New York opened its schools Wednesday after closing Monday and Tuesday for the first time since 1978.