‘‘Most of us grew up around this. We can deal with the snow. But when it dumps on you like this, it makes it a little difficult to get things done,’’ Broadwater said.
On Tuesday afternoon, plows and heavy-duty towing vehicles worked to clear a blockage in the eastbound lanes caused when seven trucks got stuck in snow near the West Virginia-Maryland state line.
‘‘I love my job, but this storm is miserable,’’ said 32-year-old Charles Lewis, who works for one of the towing companies. ‘‘We were not expecting this much snow.’’
In densely populated central Maryland, two people were killed and hundreds of thousands of residents lost power. While many residents are accustomed to lengthy power outages during summer thunderstorms — in late June, a fast-moving storm left some in the dark for more than a week — the cold air that accompanied Sandy created additional headaches.
‘‘Now, it’s the cold people have to worry about,’’ said John Mueller of Pasadena, Md., whose daughter and 84-year-old mother both lost power. ‘‘With the temperatures dropping, this is terrible.’’
In Pasadena, Donald Cannata Sr., a 74-year-old retired engineer, was killed when a tree fell on his one-story brick ranch-style house late Monday. A woman was also killed in a head-on collision in Germantown that state officials said was weather-related.
Floodwaters also covered the City Dock in Annapolis, the low-lying state capital, where resident Michael Blade said the mix of weather elements was unnerving.
‘‘Oh my God, you've got snow on one side of the state and flooding here,’’ Blade said. ‘‘It’s just odd.’’
Witte reported from Reisterstown. Associated Press writers David Dishneau in Newark, Del.; Alex Dominguez in Pasadena; Ben Nuckols in Washington; Eric Tucker in Bethesda and Robert Ray near the Maryland-West Virginia state line contributed to this report.