More than a foot of snow piled up in places from the Carolinas to Maine Tuesday, snarling traffic, grounding airplanes and closing schools.

Snow shovels and salt vanished from store shelves, and extra road crews were on the job for the second major storm in a week to hit the Ohio Valley, Appalachians and East Coast."Despite it all, I love it," said Elio D'Agostino, a newsstand owner in Mount Vernon, N.Y. "I'm going skiing right after work."

Schools were closed Tuesday in parts of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton told thousands of state workers to stay home and ordered the National Guard to help in snow-clearing efforts.

Ten to 21 inches had fallen by late morning in the Pittsburgh suburb of North Braddock, the National Weather Service said.

Southeastern Ohio's Washington County reported up to 18 inches of snow in outlying areas and was declared a disaster area, authorities said.

The heavy, wet snow brought down power lines. About half the 62,000 people in Ohio's Washington County were without power, county officials said.