Snow heads back to Northeast after Midwest slammed

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Snow heads back to Northeast after Midwest slammed
A man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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A car drives around a fallen tree, as a SEPTA train creeps along tracks nearby Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Bensalem, Pa. Train service was disrupted Wednesday because icy conditions created a dangerous situation. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Men try to clear the streets of snow and slush on Broadway near Lincoln Center February 5, 2014 in New York after an overnight storm dropped more snow in the area. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A snow plow clears U.S. Route 20 during a snowfall Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2014, in Marlborough, Mass. Up to a foot of snow was predicted in some parts of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
United States Postal Service vehicles sit covered with snow in a parking lot Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Marlborough, Mass., as up to a foot of snow was predicted in parts of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
An ice covered tree limb that took out a utility line blocks the path of a firetruck after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A man carries a girl across a snowy street on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
An overturned car lies on Highway 416, a few miles south of Henderson, Ky., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. According to Kentucky State Police, Shelby Below, 18, with her brother Dalton Below, 15, in the car, hit a slick spot while returning home from school, went off on the shoulder, hit a tree stump and flipped. Dalton Below was transported to a hospital, for evaluation of a possible head injury. (AP Photo/The Gleaner, Mike Lawrence)
A businessman carries an umbrella, and a dress shirt on a hanger, while making his way through slush and snow in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. While New York City public schools remain open, there are transit delays in the area's subways, commuter rail lines and airports. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A man uses cardboard to cover himself while walking down a snowy street during a snow storm on February 5, 2014 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: People board a bus on February 5, 2014 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: People attempt to walk across a snowy street during a snow storm on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: Men shovel a snowy sidewalk on February 5, 2014 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, United States. New York and surrounding regions were hit with yet another snow storm today, bringing snow and ice over night, and sleet and freezing rain during theday. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A woman uses an umbrella against the freezing rain as she passes the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. New York City's sanitation commissioner says some secondary streets still need plowing but overall snow removal was going well. Around 6 inches of snow are expected in parts of the metropolitan area on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Juan Garcia shovels snow from a sidewalk in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. While New York City public schools remain open, there are transit delays in the area's subways, commuter rail lines and airports. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A pedestrian walks in the snow in the Center Square neighborhood on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Hundreds of schools across upstate New York are closed and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel as a snowstorm moves across the region. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A woman walks in the snow in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Hundreds of schools across upstate New York are closed and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel as a snowstorm moves across the region. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A man crosses the street in front of the Illinois State Capitol Complex during a snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
A worker clears snow from the sidewalk along Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A county truck clears snow from the intersection of Douglas County roads 1 and 458 near Lone Star, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A crossing guard helps school children navigate a snow covered street in traffic during a snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Sledders enjoy a snowy Central Park in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The National Weather Service said Monday's storm, which brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, will be followed by a new storm in the Midwest on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A woman makes her way past the Illinois State Capitol during a fast moving snow storm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Traffic travels west on a snow packed I-70 near Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Schools throughout Kansas canceled classes and state government ground to a halt Tuesday as residents dealt with a winter storm that brought heavy snow across the state (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A man rides his bike near the Illinois State Capitol Complex during a snowstorm Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Just as the East Coast digs out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow, more of the same is moving through the Midwest and heading east again. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
People walk through a snow-covered Central Park in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The National Weather Service said Monday's storm, which brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, will be followed by a new storm in the Midwest on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A jogger and pedestrian cross a snowy Jayhawk Boulevard on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A major winter storm brought heavy snow Tuesday across much of Kansas, threatening the Topeka area with up to a foot of snow. Kansas government ground to a halt as lawmakers postponed legislative work and state departments urged their workers to stay home. Schools throughout the state canceled classes. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Heavy snow packs Kansas 10 at its junction with the Kansas Turnpike, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, near Lecompton, Kan. A winter storm has shut down schools across Kansas and prompted government offices to close. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
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Winter-weary residents of the Northeast are getting another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The second winter storm of the week is canceling classes, closing government and business offices, and causing hundreds of thousands of power outages across the region after wreaking similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. Anywhere from a few inches to a foot or more of snow was expected to fall Wednesday on East Coast states, while some were getting freezing rain and sleet that made driving treacherous. It's their second go-round since a good coating of snow fell on Monday.

PENNSYLVANIA

Icy conditions knocked out power to more than 600,000 customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania and caused school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways. Falling trees became a hazard for motorists.

The great bulk of the outages were in the five-county Philadelphia region, most of them in the suburbs.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike ordered speed limits reduced to 45 mph and banned empty tractor-trailers until further notice. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also dropped speed limits to 45 mph on a number of roads.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Administration reported delays and some cancellations on suburban Philadelphia routes, while Amtrak suspended its Philadelphia-to-Harrisburg service because of downed trees on wires and along tracks.

NEW YORK

New York state deployed more than 2,000 plows and other pieces of heavy equipment to keep roads clear during a storm that has forced the closure of one major highway and hundreds of schools upstate. Up to a foot of snow fell in some upstate areas, while lesser amounts and a coating of ice were expected in New York City.

A 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders was closed to all vehicles.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority says Metro-North Railroad service was reduced by 18 percent on morning trains.

NEW JERSEY

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and state offices were closed for non-essential employees, as the state got snow in northern parts, sleet and freezing rain in some areas, and all rain in southern counties. Tens of thousands of customers were without power, and schools were closed or delayed.

NJ Transit was operating on a storm schedule. Buses and trains were cross-honoring tickets.

MICHIGAN

AAA Michigan got at least 1,100 calls for service as of Wednesday morning, with the heaviest volume during the rush-hour commute.

Authorities reported several multi-vehicle crashes after several inches of snow along Interstate 94 in the Jackson area, including some with injuries, and crashes closed portions of I-69 in the Flint area.

The storm also snarled traffic in southern Michigan, including the Detroit area, with accidents reported in Grand Rapids and Saginaw.

Two planes became stuck on taxiways at snowy Detroit Metropolitan Airport, requiring trucks to push or pull the regional Delta jets out of the snow.

OHIO

Most of Ohio was hit with another bout or heavy snow and freezing rain, closing hundreds schools and creating extremely hazardous driving conditions.

Much of the state was slammed with 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight. Many counties declared snow emergencies.

"I wish that groundhog would have stayed in its hole," said Geoff Dunn, who took the bus to his downtown Columbus office, avoiding the messy roads but still having to navigate snowy sidewalks. "Finding us six more weeks of winter was not the smart move."

The National Weather Service said most Ohio cities already have seen anywhere from 15 to 30 inches more snow than is normal at this stage of the winter in about 10 significant storms.

ILLINOIS

A Chicago runner was credited with helping save a man who fell into icy Lake Michigan with his dog.

Adam Dominik says he found twine and anchored it around himself while throwing the other end in the water, pulling the man onto nearby rocks. Meanwhile, a skier called 911.

Rescuers pulled the man the rest of the way to safety before loading him on a makeshift gurney.

He was taken to a hospital to be treated for severe hypothermia. He and his dog are expected to recover.

RHODE ISLAND

Nearly all schools in Rhode Island were closed.

State Police responded to 16 accidents before 8:45 a.m., after which road conditions appeared to be improving, with snow turning to sleet and rain in some areas. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority warned of delays.

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut's governor and legislative leaders agreed to delay the start of the General Assembly's annual session from Wednesday to Thursday because of snow.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Wednesday. Many schools were closed.

Metro-North canceled and combined some trains on the New Haven Line.

IOWA

Snow that began falling on Tuesday is expected to leave several inches by early Wednesday.

Authorities say road conditions may have contributed to a vehicle collision in Des Moines that killed one person.

KANSAS

Gov. Sam Brownback ordered state offices in the Topeka area closed for a second consecutive day because of a winter storm.

The Legislature also canceled all of its meetings Wednesday.

Authorities blamed slick conditions for a two-car crash in southeast Kansas that killed two people.

KENTUCKY

Freezing rain and ice that moved through Kentucky overnight left thousands of people without power.

According to the Public Service Commission, most of the outages were reported in Jefferson County, which had about 10,000 customers without power early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service reported the winter storm that hit Tuesday evening left about a quarter-inch of ice over much of the central and northern regions of the state.

The weather led several schools systems to cancel classes.

MASSACHUSETTS

The snowstorm hit western portions of the state in the pre-dawn hours, leading Boston, Worcester and Springfield, among other cities, to close schools and ban street parking to prepare for snow removal.

Gov. Deval Patrick told all non-essential state employees working in the executive branch to stay home.

OKLAHOMA

Classes were canceled at many Oklahoma schools, including Oklahoma City, because of subzero wind chill values that reached 10 degrees below zero.

MISSOURI

A Southwest Airlines jet arriving from Denver got stuck in a snow bank Tuesday evening at Kansas City International Airport. A Southwest spokesman said all 55 passengers on Flight 305, a Boeing 737, were placed on buses and taken to the terminal.

WISCONSIN

Severe winter conditions caused officials to ask thousands of homeowners in far northern Wisconsin to leave their faucets running 24 hours a day to prevent water pipes and sewer lines from freezing.

The 9,000 Rhinelander residents won't be charged for using the extra water. Temperatures in the area are expected to be below zero for much of the week.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

At the Mount Sunapee Resort ski area, the lot was filling up with skiers undeterred by a trek through the snow, which could accumulate anywhere from 7 to 14 inches.

In Newport, the snow helped pick up the pace of ticket sales for an outdoor "Yankee Luau" on the town common Wednesday as part of the town's 98th Winter Carnival.

"The South gets an inch and shuts down and we get a foot and we're gonna throw a party," Newport Recreation Director P.J Lovely said. "We're hardy."

Lovely said the snow bodes well for skijoring events this weekend - a popular attraction that had to be canceled the past two years amid lack of snow. The sport features horseback riders towing a person on skis over jumps and through other obstacles.

FATALITIES:

In Kansas, two traffic deaths Tuesday south of Pittsburg in Crawford County were blamed on the weather.

POWER OUTAGES:

Pennsylvania, 600,000; Maryland, 140,000; New Jersey, 62,000; Arkansas, 48,000; Kentucky, 10,000; Delaware, 6,000; Indiana, 2,500; Connecticut, 300.

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