(CNN)-A nor'easter largely spared New York City and Philadelphia but walloped other parts of the region Tuesday with heavy snow and high winds. The storm continued moving into New England through the evening.
The late-winter storm brought chaos to travel and daily life, forcing cancellations of about 8,800 US flights between Monday and Wednesday. Thousands of schools closed. Connecticut banned highway travel for several hours, and major regional rail traffic was suspended. Four weather-related deaths were reported in three states.
Normalcy trickled back to some areas as train service and flights resumed Tuesday evening. Schools in New York and New Jersey expected to reopen on Wednesday. But blizzard warnings remained in effect for parts of New England.
More than 30 inches of snow were recorded in parts of upstate New York, according to the the National Weather Service. Some parts of Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts saw 20 inches or more, weather models showed.
"Areas along the coast from New York to Boston, didn't see as much as expected," said Taylor Ward, a CNN meteorologist. "But some portions of the Northeast have seen more than 30 inches of snow."
Upstate New York had some of the heaviest snowfall in the region, with more than 30 inches recorded in parts of Broome County, south of Syracuse.
Commuter buses in Pennsylvania and New York canceled service in advance of the storm.
Dr. Marie Keith, who works in New York and lives in the Scranton area, boarded the last bus Monday night leaving for New York City.
"There may be sick kids I need to see in my office tomorrow, so I thought I should be there," she told CNN affiliate WNEP-TV.
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