From New Jersey to Maine, millions of people, many with Superstorm Sandy still fresh in their minds, dug out from underneath mounds of snow Saturday.
Many were left with serious consequences. Hundreds of thousands lost power, and on New York's Long Island, abandoned cars littered the roadways, left by people who could not make it home Friday night as the storm intensified.
Others simply had a few inches to clear from their cars and sidewalks. But mostly, people soldiered on, planning cocktail hours after clearing waist-high snow, cross-country skiing down narrow streets and even braving 4-inch stiletto heels to stay chic during New York Fashion Week. A few of their stories:
Randle Roper and Jacob Olson have been waiting for a blizzard for a long, long time.
Roper, 41, and Olson, 31, moved to downtown Providence, R.I., from Los Angeles two years ago.
"We've been waiting for this snow forever," Roper said.
The two spent days waiting with childlike excitement for the storm, hoping to use the snow boogieboards they bought when they heard there would be substantial snowfall.
"We're looking for the perfect hill," said Olson, who grew up in the Marshall Islands and is completely unfamiliar with snow.
"I love it," he said. "It's so much fun."
Karen Willis Beal got her dream wedding Saturday — complete with a snowstorm just like the one that hit before her parents married in December 1970.
"This is what I've wished for all my life," Beal said afterward.
The storm kept some guests from making it to the church-turned-restaurant in Portland, Maine, where the ceremony was performed. But she was still happy she got her storm.
"Weather be damned, it's been a great day," said her husband, Greg Beal, of Manchester, N.H.
The happy couple even took some outdoor photos, including one at a lighthouse where they used a sled as a prop.
"The gusts were enough to knock you off balance," Greg Beal said.
In other snowbound wedding news, Kathryn Jussaume, 30, of Lowell, found that a pair of snowshoes was a nice complement to her stunning strapless gown for her nuptials to Jason Destroismaison, 32, of Tyngsboro.
Earlier in the day, she confessed to some jitters when she awoke on her wedding day and the snow was so deep she couldn't see her mailbox.
"I started to get a little bit nervous," Jussaume said Saturday afternoon. "But Jason was cool as a cucumber."
She set out to shovel after her snow blower broke. She told the Lowell (Mass.) Sun she waved down a passing plow and explained it was her wedding day.
"He said, 'It's your wedding day? Move over,'" Jussaume said. "It was so nice. He plowed us out."
For fun, she later posed for photos in her gown — wearing snowshoes.
Angel Nunez stood with one foot on the bottom step of his row house in Jersey City, N.J., ready to scoop another mound of snow.
Nunez wanted to clear the steps quickly, and well; his upstairs neighbor is due to have a baby any day, and he wanted to make sure she could get out safely if necessary.
Jersey City only got about 5 inches of snow. But after two years of shovels getting dusty and people forgetting what a typical Jersey winter is like, the snow came as somewhat of a surprise.
"We got a little spoiled from the last few years of not having as much snow. So it comes as a little bit of a shock, but it's February, so we should be expecting it," He said.
"But I think this is enough. This will do it for the rest of the year for me."
The storm didn't stop the chic from attending — and dressing the part for — New York Fashion Week. At the Nicole Miller show, blogger Stephanie Ospina, of New York, was wearing her pointy-toe stilettos pumps with bare legs.
She thought about not going to shows Friday but decided "I'm going to go to as many as I can. New Yorkers are that way."
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