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Another messy morning in winter-weary Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Commuters face a messy morning of travel a day after a winter storm brought snow and ice to many states, leaving at least 21 dead, including a pregnant woman struck by a mini-plow in New York City whose baby was then born by cesarean section in critical condition.

The next go-round of bad weather began early Friday in some places - just in time to delay tens of thousands of deliveries of Valentine's Day flowers.

The sloppy mix of snow and face-stinging sleet grounded more than 6,500 flights nationwide on Thursday and closed schools, businesses and government centers. About 1.2 million utility customers lost power as the storm moved from the South through the Northeast, dropping to about 550,000 outages, mostly in South Carolina and Georgia.

"Every time it snows, it's like, "Oh, not again,'" said Randal DeIvernois of New Cumberland, Pa., which had about 10 inches of snow by midafternoon Thursday. "I didn't get this much snow when I lived in Colorado."

The treacherous weather was blamed for nearly two dozen deaths, many of them in motor vehicle accidents.

In New York, Min Lin, 36, died after she was struck by a utility vehicle with a snowplow attached to it as it backed up outside a shopping center in Brooklyn. She was rushed by paramedics to a nearby medical center, where her nearly full term, 6-pound, 6-ounce baby was delivered via cesarean section, hospital spokeswoman Eileen Tynion said.

Winter Storm Paralyzes Eastern US

The baby was in critical condition in the neonatal intensive care unit, she said.

No immediate charges were brought against the snowplow operator.

The snow, sleet and ice that bombarded the Southeast on Wednesday brought its ferocity into the Northeast a day later.

Washington, D.C., residents received 9 inches of snow Thursday, Westminster, Md., reported 19 inches, and Newark, Del., had 14 inches.

Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, its fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season - the first time that has happened in the city since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. New York City received nearly 10 inches, and parts of New Jersey had more than 11.

At Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, 7.4 inches of snow was recorded and there was 3.2 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Across the South, the storm left in its wake a world of ice-encrusted trees and driveways and snapped branches and power lines.

In Bonneau, S.C., Jimmy Ward and his wife, Cherie, lost power and spent Wednesday night in their home, warming themselves in front of a gas log fire.

But after running low on propane, they headed Thursday night to a hotel, where it was expected to be cozier but a lot less exciting than the night before.

"From 2 o'clock yesterday until this morning, it just sounded like gunfire - all the trees popping and falling," Cherie Ward said.

In North Carolina, where the storm caused huge traffic jams in the Raleigh area on Wednesday as people left work and rushed to get home in the middle of the day, National Guardsmen in high-riding Humvees patrolled the snowy roads, looking for any stranded motorists.

Some roads around Raleigh remained clogged with abandoned vehicles Thursday morning. City crews were working to tow them to safe areas where their owners could recover them.

Around the country, this is shaping up as one of the snowiest winters on record. As of early this month, Washington, Detroit, Boston, Chicago, New York and St. Louis had gotten roughly two or three times as much snow as they normally receive at this point in the season.

The procession of storms and cold blasts - blamed in part on a kink in the jet stream, the high-altitude air currents that dictate weather - has cut into retail sales across the U.S., the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Sales dipped 0.4 percent in January.

This latest round of bad weather threatens to disrupt Friday's deliveries of flowers for Valentine's Day.

"It's a godawful thing," said Mike Flood, owner of Falls Church Florist in Virginia. "We're going to lose money. There's no doubt about it."

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was virtually silent Thursday, with all flights canceled. Travelers tried to catch some sleep in the terminals.

Rob Wolcott, of Washington, and his wife were trying to reach the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where he was planning to officiate at a friend's wedding on Saturday.

The future bride and groom are "a little stressed," Wolcott said. "But they'll figure something out. They will still get married, whether or not I am the one to do the actual officiating."


Associated Press writers Kevin Begos in Pittsburgh; Michael Rubinkam in Berks County, Pa.; Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia; Sarah Brumfield and Brett Zongker in Washington; Matthew Barakat in Falls Church, Va.; and David Dishneau in Frederick, Md.; contributed to this report.


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Jim Schaaf February 14 2014 at 7:55 AM

I retired and I love the snow. I don't have to go out in it. I enjoy the different seasons. As long as I have my emergency rations, a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly. I'm ready.

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wllharrington Jim Schaaf February 14 2014 at 8:04 AM

Jim, I'm in the same situation but you fogot the milk and coffee.

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faithrada Jim Schaaf February 14 2014 at 8:42 AM

So True... IF one does not HAVE TO go out in the stuff a 'snow' day is great. Preparation is the key .... being like the ole ant and not the short sighted grasshopper. Good for you : )

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anders443 February 14 2014 at 10:07 AM

feb2-march21 45 days =6weeks 3 days iven if purple groundhogs see pink shadows

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snohunt February 14 2014 at 9:49 AM

Kill the damn groundhog. 6 more weeks of winter indeed!

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rwilliamhoward snohunt February 14 2014 at 10:17 AM

Well, we've gotten through nearly two weeks of it... Only FOUR to GO!

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Craig snohunt February 14 2014 at 10:59 AM

As I was told, there's a big differance between the first day of Spring and the first Spring day. Can't wait to hear all the people complaining how hot it is this Summer.

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CEMELLC February 14 2014 at 9:38 AM

Maine: Four feet of accumulated snow in my backyard, higher still on both sides of the driveway but life goes on!

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cgssnavickas February 14 2014 at 9:29 AM

I'm am so sick of winter already, but I know complaining about it won't make it go away.

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GLO February 14 2014 at 9:26 AM

Where is the "prediction for the weekend" mentioned in the teaser? I don't see a thing about the weekend.

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rwilliamhoward GLO February 14 2014 at 10:26 AM

"Prediction Fot The Weekend": MOS. (More Of the Same)

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MIKEYWES GLO February 14 2014 at 10:47 AM

I read it thrice and did not find it......now I have to go elsewhere!!! AOL does have pretty lame staff writers

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LindaEve524 February 14 2014 at 9:54 AM

I'm glad we moved to FL when we did!!

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Craig LindaEve524 February 14 2014 at 11:00 AM

I always found it interesting when people complain about the cold in the North but will go to Florida or Arizona and turn on the air conditioning because it's too hot, go figure.

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ayesha.harrison February 14 2014 at 9:13 AM

I clicked on this link because it said "What to expect this weekend"; I see nothing about what to expect this weekend. Am I missing something?

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london ayesha.harrison February 14 2014 at 9:28 AM

I also wanted to know what was coming up this weekend. Thanks for all the meaningless information here.

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Helen February 14 2014 at 8:48 AM

Snow is fun if you don't have to go to work!!! Spring is on the horizon.

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Diana February 14 2014 at 9:12 AM

Hampstead, Md. about 8 miles north and east of Westminster and 8 miles south of Mason Dixon line received 19 and then sleet, freezing drizzle and then another 6 of snow. There calling for another 4-6 tonight. If its going to snow, it might as well snow BIG.

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