The northeastern United States has begun digging out from a deadly blizzard that has killed at least 28 people and left thousands of travelers stranded.

Cities and towns from Virginia to Massachusetts are scrambling to clear roads after the worst winter storm since 1996.

At least 235-thousand homes and businesses were left without power.

Airports serving Washington D-C, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York were largely shut down. Some flights have resumed today.

The U-S rail passenger service, Amtrak, canceled at least one-quarter of its trains in the Northeast, and the rest moved slowly with delays on snow-covered tracks.

U-S government offices -- closed for a federal holiday on Monday -- are again shut down today. However, the intrepid staff of the VOA is on duty!

Meanwhile, the winter storm also resulted in lost revenue for retailers who spent heavily advertising Presidents' Day sales.

The Associated Press reports May Department Stores closed more than 100 stores in its Lord and Taylor, Hecht's, Strawbridge's and Filene's divisions on Monday.

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, closed at least some stores in nine states.