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FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2014, a man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, after a winter storm in Philadelphia. Utility crews aren’t getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, two days after an ice storm downed power lines and toppled trees. Forecasters say that the cold weather gripping the mid-Atlantic on Friday should remain in place through the weekend, and that snow is possible. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2014, a man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, after a winter storm in Philadelphia. Utility crews aren’t getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, two days after an ice storm downed power lines and toppled trees. Forecasters say that the cold weather gripping the mid-Atlantic on Friday should remain in place through the weekend, and that snow is possible. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PECO linemen Shawn Cochran, left, and CJ Sclafani, right, work to repair lines that came down on Union Meeting Road in Blue Bell, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Pennsylvania’s utility regulator said Thursday that 451,000 customers were still without power as the south-central and Philadelphia regions worked to recover from a crippling ice storm. AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Bryant)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Utility crews in Pennsylvania are still trying to restore power to more than 320,000 customers who remain without power two days after an ice storm downed trees and power lines.

More than 286,000 customers were out Friday morning in the five-county Philadelphia area. Many schools closed for a third straight day.

Utilities say more than 30,000 customers were also without power in York County in central Pennsylvania. In Maryland, service was been restored to all but about 30,000 homes and businesses.

Officials have said they hope to have most of them back online by the end of the day Friday, but in some cases it may take much of the weekend.

Amtrak, meanwhile, says full service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg is being restored today after tracks have been cleared of fallen trees and debris.

Associated Press

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