Shovelful by shovelful, snowplow by snowplow, the East Coast is digging its way out from underneath an enormous winter storm that blanketed much of the region with up to three feet of snow.
And as high winds and 36 hours of snow give way to clear skies and sunshine, some people are taking to the wintry landscape with glee.
More and more streets are becoming passable, as snow crews clear the roads — although authorities in many regions still urge caution from drivers.
New York City’s transportation systems are back up and running, for the most part, and a citywide travel ban was lifted at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Broadway shows have resumed. The New York Stock Exchange plans to open on Monday as normal.
Still, the effects of the storm are far from finished. Flights are still being canceled, with the impact stretching into Monday, and some local governments and schools are planning to stay shut one extra day.
Some legislators, meanwhile, are getting a whole week off. The U.S. House of Representatives — which has been adjourned for more than a week, and was due to take up votes again on Tuesday — has canceled votes until Monday, Feb. 1, because of the weather, Reuters reports.
The storm had many serious consequences — from impaired travel to casualties to the as-yet-untallied cost of coastal flooding.
But it also brought delight: not just to the National Zoo’s giant panda, but to snow-lovers across the region.
The fun started even before the snow stopped — whether it was a pick-up game of snow football with D.C. police …
… Casey Neistat defying the travel ban in New York City to chase some thrills on a snowboard (with another surprising police appearance) …
… or a kayak zooming down a road in West Virginia.
This volume of snow is rare for most of the millions of people affected by this storm. That it arrived on a weekend — when even people who don’t normally get snow days can enjoy it — is an added perk.
And since the sun came out, the occasion has been marked with snowball fights, skiing and sledding up and down the coast.