A car lies buried under snow on Veterans Road after an overnight winter storm January 3, 2014, in Winthrop, Mass. The storm began mid day Thursday and has affected millions across much of the Northeast with heavy snow causing thousands of canceled flights and bringing coastal flooding. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

A blustery winter storm that dropped nearly 2 feet of snow has led to at least nine deaths in the eastern half of the country.

Slick roads have caused traffic deaths in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

A massive pile of salt fell on a worker at a suburban Philadelphia storage facility, killing him.

The snowstorm worked its way east from the Midwest and merged with low pressure off the mid-Atlantic coast, forming a nor'easter being called Winter Storm Hercules.

JFK airport has re-opened after being forced to close for about two hours because of the blast of frigid weather on the East Coast.

The storm is resulting in thousands of delays and cancellations across the country.

Daniel Baker head of the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com says it will be a challenge for passengers looking to re-book their flights. 

"Folks that were canceled yesterday and today, a lot are going to be rescheduled for flights this afternoon or this evening, the problem being that the flights are very full. Not only is it a Friday, which is typically one of the busiest travel days, but it's the end of sort of a holiday week after New Year's, so there might not be a lot of availability,"  Baker said. 

Hundreds of passengers were stuck for hours in planes on the tarmac at Chicago's Midway Airport overnight.

Some passengers say they were kept on planes for four hours.