Finger pointing, frustration in eastern US storm’s aftermath

  • A resident clears away snow from a vehicle in Blakely, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The first snowstorm of the season caused havoc around Pennsylvania, downing trees and power lines and causing a travel nightmare, including for some drivers who were stuck for 12 hours on a snowy interstate. (Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune via AP)

  • A resident walks on North Bromley Avenue in West Scranton, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The first snowstorm of the season caused havoc around Pennsylvania, downing trees and power lines and causing a travel nightmare, including for some drivers who were stuck for 12 hours on a snowy interstate. (Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune via AP)

  • This Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 photo shows southbound traffic on the Hutchinson River Parkway, in Harrison, NY. The first snowfall of the season lingered Friday in the Northeast as thousands of exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in mass transit hubs. (Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News via AP)

  • This photo provided by Ava Friedlander on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, shows MTA commuters crowding a Times Square subway station during Thursday’s snowstorm in New York. The first snowstorm of the season gave way to rain and high winds, forcing substantial commuter delays. (Ava Friedlander via AP)

  • This Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 photos shows traffic passing by as a car that went off Interstate 684, at the Goldens Bridge exit, during a snowstorm. The first snowfall of the season lingered Friday in the Northeast as thousands of exhausted commuters pointed their fingers at politicians and meteorologists for leaving them creeping along highways or stuck in mass transit hubs. (Frank Bacerra Jr./The Journal News via AP)

TRENTON, N.J. — Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City and its suburbs and even forced some New Jersey children to stay overnight in their schools.

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