[GRAPHIC: John J. Kim/New York Times]

Houses and business along Route 81 in Pike Township, Pennsylvania, became a lifesaver for several stranded drivers Wednesday night as temperatures fell to a frigid low of 13 degrees Fahrenheit. “I drove through under the bridge just to get to the pub,” said Todd Bonner, 55, who was sitting on top of his car to keep warm as he waited for another vehicle to pick him up.

As New York City experienced another record low for March 20, a storm moved north through upstate New York and Pennsylvania with heavy snowfall expected. The winter weather system also brought low temperatures across the Great Lakes, and prompted meteorologists to issue blizzard warnings. Residents of upstate New York should expect sleet and snow into the evening, the National Weather Service said. The system is expected to make landfall late Monday, bringing snow to New England and possible major travel disruptions.

Rail and bus service could be affected along portions of the East Coast, affecting travelers on Wednesday and Thursday. Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston will operate on a modified schedule, while some Virgin trains between London and New York may be canceled. Some flights out of New York’s LaGuardia and Newark airports and Boston’s Logan Airport have already been canceled. The New York City Department of Sanitation is taking snow plows out of service in the city on Wednesday to make way for sanitation workers.