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Snow heads back to Northeast after Midwest slammed

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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bhol11223 February 06 2014 at 9:17 AM

Well iam here in West Virginia sitting in my sunroom and watching it snow! the part i live in most of the time does not get alot of it, but the last couple of winters have been kinda nice to all of us so it just looks like MOTHER NATURE is making up for some lost time!! Plus people it is a sign of the times ! So just enjoy what ya have iam sure Summer will be here before long then we can all complain about the HEAT ( GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND HAVE A GREAT DAY )

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mvnup February 06 2014 at 9:04 AM

Global warming? Wasn’t an article out in December that we had record low temperatures in Antarctica. Global warming is causing record low temperatures. No wonder Madoff was able to scam so many educated people out of millions of dollars.

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Gary W Caudill February 06 2014 at 9:23 AM

Amen

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Bill February 06 2014 at 9:30 AM

NSS! (last S stands for Sherlock) I've said all along Global Warming is a "follow the money" scam. Just like Bernie made off with investors money, Al gored the world with his inconvient lie about the "settled science" of GW while setting up his Chicage Carbon Exchange to bilk billions from corporations and ultimately the general public. Ever wonder why Tipper divorced him after all those years? She found out what a self serving jerk he was (is).

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wllharrington February 06 2014 at 12:54 PM

Al Gore, he and his wife are Democrats aren't they? Aren't Democrats the ones who want the rich to give all their money to the undeserving masses? I don't hear of Al gore donating any of his wealth.

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bharrison777 February 06 2014 at 1:21 PM

Climate Change is about wealth redistribution. Take from developed Countries(, US, Europe, etc ) by use of carbon tax that will go to third world countries. This is part of UN and Koyto treaty that China and India won't sign. Money grab and nothing else.

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kkishb1999 February 06 2014 at 8:46 AM

Does any one know where Al Gore is?? Someone told me he might be in one of the radical muslim countries that helped pay his 100 million dollars for the muslim radio station. He actually made the transaction before the new tax laws came into effect. How convenient. I am sure he shares Mr. Obamas agenda of income quality. Oh, that might just be for the working class. You guys know that in a socialist society that only the working people have be socialized. The people in power live like kings in their ivory towers. I also heard you can get Al's book on climate change for .50 now....I do not know if that is true. I try to stay away from anything that does not tell the truth.

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Bill February 06 2014 at 9:02 AM

Jesus, only a conservative could turn the weather report into a political statement. Typical gop not a ounce of compassion for the people suffering.

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Gary W Caudill February 06 2014 at 9:27 AM

Have no fear for the well being of the Liberals in the NE. BHO can fix all their problems with his pen and telephone. After all, isn't he the one who thinks he can stop the seas from rising. This little snow should be no problem for him and his followers.

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xessexcva9 February 06 2014 at 9:35 AM

It's a stupid left wing stupicrat named Gore that ran off at the mouth about all this climate crap that he made a fortune from, so don't pull the usual democrat trick of blaming someone else. Can liberals ever man up and admit a mistake? I could have some respect for that because everyone makes mistakes. To err is human unless you do nothing at all. I'm sick of democrats shifting their screwups to anyone they can. Remember, it was caused by 2 minor employees in the Cincinatti office.

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grandmapat932 February 06 2014 at 8:43 AM

Its cool in Northport, Alabama, its around the low 40's and looks like rain. I feel for those in the North is use to live outside of Buffalo, NY

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tug33 February 06 2014 at 8:42 AM

The power companies are at fault , all the money they make they should be forced by law to put all power lines under ground or trim trees that are higher than power lines this is the 21st century enough of this. The congress should give the power companies a ten year plan to put all lines under ground along with telephone and cable tv and these companies could share the costs . This is a matter of national security. This system of poles has been in use since the telegraph for heavens sake . You aholes in congress how about passing a law that does some good. All you pass are laws that are meaningless .

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xessexcva9 February 06 2014 at 9:48 AM

You are a simple minded socialist. If I were an investor, faced with the kind of nonsense laws and rules you advocate, I would not put one dime into a project. All you advocate is a more powerful and more controlling government Government IS THE PROBLEM, not the cure. You expect the investors to pick up the tab for your pipedreams, or the people that pay their own electric bills and not the leeches ******* off the public.

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photocrazy February 06 2014 at 10:08 AM

Yet with every deregulation, the rich get richer and the rest of us get less. The air gets dirtier along with the rivers and other waterways. Just like we need laws against crime, we need rules to keep corporations from destroying everything in their path, keep jobs in the USA and the list goes on. The housing market was deregulated and look what happened, companies popped up overnight and took what they could get then ran. The got rid of regulations on how many news outlets one person can own, thanks to Ruppert Murdock, now he owns the majority of the news outlets in Australia, Europe and the USA, more GOP all of the time. They gave us PACs, now business and individuals who want influence can give as much money as they want to a campaign and get the best politician money can buy.

Deregulation is a load of crap that is for the rich so they can do as they please, the rest of us be damned as far as they are concerned.

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Robert T February 06 2014 at 8:40 AM

Glad I live in warm sunny Santiago de Chile

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alirae78 February 06 2014 at 8:51 AM

My first thought when I read you comment, while keeping an eye on the ice covered trees outside the window, was Man, you suck!! And I mean that in the nicest way:) But as one who doesn't tolerate heat and humidity very well, I'm sure I'd be the first one griping and moaning when it got good and hot down there!

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moparpup February 06 2014 at 8:28 AM

PPS- Oh and Bring on more snow!

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moparpup February 06 2014 at 8:27 AM

PS- SORRY about the long post but I have so much more and so many federal statistics that I could have posted and anyone can look up. I just get sick of people that TRY (usually suburban Repubs) and make it look like these people shot are good kids and usually are in good areas. Neither is TRUE!!!! Anyhow, you can believe what you want but my 50 years of being here and my families (some of them in their 90`s and some passed at over 100) know the truth so do the millions of people that live here and the over 40 million (47 MILLION) that visit here every year!

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mrsb3207 February 06 2014 at 9:08 AM

What about the giveing everything away (The Dem)
Your federal stats are coming from a present that knows how to lie and thats all.

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tug33 February 06 2014 at 9:21 AM

The last rep. president lied so bad that thousands of men women and children died around the world . Let us not forget or forgive the weapons of mass destruction lie that was made to protect the Bush family oil fortune .

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olinkadane February 06 2014 at 8:27 AM

To my son the Marine , Pvt. Aaron K. Fiala, stationed at Newport, Rhode Island, be safe and warm! Love & miss you son!! Always in our thoughts and prayers, Jack & Olga Roderick, aka Mom & step-dad!! And your little brother, Joseph Andrew Garbash, Jr. aka Andy

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pat1240 February 06 2014 at 8:26 AM

Just a typical Maine Winter

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