winter-conn_20140213_213443A winter storm that dumped snow, ice and forced the cancellations of thousands of flights in the Deep South Wednesday is now wreaking similar havoc along the East Coast. At least 21 deaths were blamed on the storm that created hazardous commuting conditions. In New York, a 36-year-old pregnant woman was struck by a plow and killed, the NYPD confirmed to Fox News. Authorities rushed her to a hospital in Brooklyn where staff are attending to the unborn child. In New York City, the decision was made to open schools despite messy conditions on streets. New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina said “it’s a beautiful day out there,” during a morning news conference, according to the New York Post. But the department’s decision to keep schools open brought a sharp response from Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. ”Having students, parents and staff traveling in these conditions was unwarranted,” Mulgrew said. As Southerners did a day earlier, many in Washington heeded warnings to stay off the roads where at least 11 inches of snow had fallen. Federal offices and the city’s two main airports were closed. Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow Thursday, and Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, making it the fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season — the first time that has happened in the city’s history. Harrisburg, Pa., had at least 8 inches. More