Monster Storm Shuts Down Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of passengers are stuck at airports up and down the East Coast as a blizzard menaces travelers trying to get home after the holidays.

Major airports and rail lines are closed for a second day around the region.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says hundreds of passengers at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports are being provided blankets and cots.

The airports are expected to reopen sometime late Monday afternoon.

A blizzard warning was in effect early Monday from Delaware to the far northern tip of Maine.

Officials are urging anyone who doesn't have to drive to stay off roads in the region, where high winds pushed snow into deep drifts across streets, railroads and runways.

Passengers have been stuck for several hours on two New York City subway trains stalled in snow drifts near Kennedy Airport.

NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton says that snow drifts and ice on the third rail have stalled trains at two stops in Queens, north and south of Kennedy Airport.

A rescue train has been sent to one train, and passengers have been stranded since about 1 a.m. on the second train.

Christopher Mullen tells NY1 cable TV that he took the subway after he couldn't get a car service or taxi out of Kennedy on Sunday night. He says passengers are stuck aboard the train without food, water or heat.

There is no word on when Amtrak will resume full train service across New England, but it is making some progress.

Amtrak had to cancel service between Boston and New York City, and from Boston to Portland, Me., because of the major snowstorm socking in the region.

Crews worked through the night to clear tracks with spokesman Cliff Cole saying limited service from Boston to New York's Penn Station resumed Tuesday morning - but with some delays. Amtrak's Downeaster service between Boston and Maine also has resumed. Cole is asking that passengers have patience as trains begin moving.

Service between New York and Washington was not affected by the storm.