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Another storm moves up US East Coast dumping snow, knocking out power

No power but plenty of snow as northeast US gets slammed Another storm moves up US East Coast dumping snow, knocking out power
Deanna Wagner | 09 March, 2018, 03:18

Additional snowfall totals are expected in New England, mostly in ME, where 6 to 12 inches could accumulate by the afternoon.

Though treacherous conditions disrupted daily life for many, some remain optimistic as experts predict the weather to improve in the coming days.

"It's kind of very bad", said New York University student Alessa Raiford, who put two layers of clothing on a pug named Jengo before taking him for a walk in slushy, sloppy Manhattan, where rain gave way to wet snow in the afternoon.

The second winter storm in a week hit NY and surrounding states on Wednesday, bringing heavy snow that delayed or canceled flights and snarled traffic at evening rush hour as thousands remained without power from the last nor'easter.

Even within the same city or town, amounts widely varied.

Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches from Wednesday's nor'easter. There could be isolated snow totals of over 18 inches where the heaviest bands set up, but heavily populated areas near the coast won't see that much.

It wasn't much better on the ground, with Pennsylvania and NY banning big rigs from some major highways and transit agencies reducing or canceling service on trains and buses.

But before the snow turns to slush a third nor'easter is approaching this weekend. Many schools and businesses remained closed Thursday or were holding delayed openings.

An 88-year-old woman in the New York City suburb of Suffern was crushed to death by a tree that fell as she shoveled snow Wednesday, and a man died Thursday in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, when he apparently drove around cones warning motorists about a downed live wire and the vehicle caught fire. "It just makes it hard". At the height of the storm, 2,787 flights were canceled around the U.S. Another 465 were scrubbed Thursday, mostly from Boston's Logan International Airport, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.

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Major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less.

The storm was not as severe as the nor'easter that toppled trees, flooded coastal communities and caused more than 2 million power outages from Virginia to ME last Friday.

Connecticut's two major utilities were reporting more than 125,000 power outages Thursday morning. While a far cry from the 90-mph gusts recorded during theweekend storm, they could impede efforts to restore power in the region. Members of the Northeastern University women's basketball team pushed their bus back on course after it was stuck in the snow outside a practice facility in Philadelphia.

The western and central portions of both states were hardest hit.

This storm, which is the second nor'easter within a week, is bringing rain and snow to the Northeast through the end of the week, the National Weather Service said.

Schools are shut and thousands are without power as the northeast of the United States suffers through its second winter storm in a week. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a state of emergency for several counties. All were expected to survive.

A middle school teacher in southern New Jersey was struck by lightning during the Nor'easter which brought "thunderstorms" to the east coast.

Police say she was removed from under the tree and taken to the hospital, where she later died.

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