PHOTOS: New York, Boston Streets Desolate Amid East Coast Snowstorm

The first blizzard of 2015 for the eastern United States slammed areas from Long Island, New York, to Bangor, Maine, Monday into Tuesday.

Ahead of the storm, states of emergency were proactively declared for New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York state.

Anticipating messy road and air travel, travel bans were in effect across New York City, the entire state of New Jersey and much of New England.

Additionally, more than 7,500 flights were canceled in the U.S. on Monday and Tuesday, with the majority coming from areas affected by the winter storm, according to Flightstats.

By Tuesday afternoon, areas in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut recorded snow totals topping 20 inches.

The strong winds associated with the storm left more than 17,000 people without power in Massachusetts, according to NSTAR.

While bans lifted for New York state at 8 a.m. Tuesday, many areas in New England are still facing impassable roads and dangerous conditions.

Mail delivery was canceled Tuesday from the New Jersey shore to Maine's Down East region, affecting the cities such as New York City and Boston.

Many mid-Atlantic school districts canceled school days and activities on Monday and Tuesday.

Farther north, numerous New England-area districts, including Boston Public Schools, have opted to remain closed Wednesday as well.

With days off from work and school, some took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the snow. The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens in northeastern Pennsylvania even hosted 'snoga,' an outdoor post-snowstorm yoga class.

Lingering midwinter cold and additional rounds of snow will complicate cleanup for much of the Northeast through Wednesday.