"CHICAGO The huge winter storm that slammed a big swath of the USA slid across New England on Wednesday, leaving behind a travel mess, power outages and new worries for businesses recovering from the recession.
"Power companies worked to restore electricity. Road crews cleared snow that closed interstate highways across the Midwest and Plains. Thousands of flights were canceled after more than 20 inches of snow fell in several states. In Chicago, 20.2 inches piled up the city's third-worst snowstorm ever.
"Lee Thomason will be dealing with the storm's fallout long after the roads are plowed. He owns Thomason Express, a trucking company based in Marion, Ill., that has 50-75 trucks on the road. This storm and those that preceded it this winter, he says, "just kill the bottom line.""