Lights out for 1M as winter storm slams Northeast

Comment: Off

U.S. Parks Service employee Danny Merced clears snow from the steps of Federal Hall, in New York’s Financial District, 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)

U.S. Parks Service employee Danny Merced clears snow from the steps of Federal Hall, in New York’s Financial District, 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)

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)

Dogs play in the snow in Washington Park 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 commuter walk against blowing snow Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Chicago. Heavy, blowing snow is moving across much of Illinois as the state gets pelted by the latest round of winter weather. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Julia Pollock wears snow shoes to take her goldendoodles, Cody, left, and Bond, right, for a walk in the fresh snow Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Shaker Heights, 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. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Buy AP Photo Reprints

Winter-weary residents of the Northeast contended with another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain Wednesday. The second winter storm of the week canceled classes, closed government and business offices, and caused more than 1 million power outages across the region after wreaking similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. The snow was expected to reach a foot or more in some places Wednesday. Combined with freezing rain and sleet, it made driving treacherous. The storm was the second go-round for the Northeast since a good coating of snow fell Monday.

PENNSYLVANIA

Icy conditions knocked out power to about 750,000 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 canceled a temporary speed limit of 45 mph and its ban on empty tractor-trailers. 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 Interstate 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 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

Comments

comments

About the Author