Created on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Winter-weary residents of the Northeast are getting another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain, with the second storm of the week canceling classes, closing government and business offices, and causing power outages across the region after causing similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. Anywhere from a few inches to a foot or more of snow is expected to fall Wednesday on East Coast states, while some are getting freezing rain and sleet that makes driving treacherous. It's their second go-round since Monday.
A day after snow, sleet and freezing rain pushed through Arkansas, leaving thousands without power, more wintry precipitation is forecast.
Lows Wednesday may be in the 20s in northern Arkansas and the 30s in the central and south regions. But there are chances of snow across north and central Arkansas starting Wednesday and running into Friday.
Entergy Arkansas says about 38,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas reported another 10,400 customers without electricity Wednesday morning.
Connecticut's governor and legislative leaders agreed to delay the start of the General Assembly's annual session because of snow.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says legislative leaders agreed to move the planned Wednesday opening to Thursday. The joint session will begin at noon Thursday when Malloy delivers his State of the State Address.
Malloy also ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Wednesday, with nonessential state employees to report at 10 a.m. Many schools are closed.
Metro-North canceled and combined some trains on the New Haven Line.
The National Weather Service forecasts 6 to 10 inches of snow and sleet in northwestern Connecticut, 5 to 9 inches in the Hartford area and 1 to 3 inches along the shoreline. A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m.
Heavy, blowing snow is slowing travel across much of Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says the "majority" of the state's roads are covered with snow and ice.
The National Weather Service in Romeoville says up to 6 inches of snow is expected in the Chicago area, along with winds that could reach 25 mph.
Central Illinois could get 8 inches by the time the storm system moves through later in the morning.
Bitter temperatures are expected to follow the storm.
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.
Most counties across Indiana are asking people to restrict their travel as crews clean up from heavy snowfall or freezing rain in much of the state.
The National Weather Service reports Indiana's midsection has the heaviest snowfalls from the storm that arrived Tuesday. About 7 inches of snow is reported in Indianapolis and Terre Haute, with more than 8 inches reported near Bloomington.
The state's northern and southern counties had 2 to 3 inches of snow in many places, although some sections of southern Indiana have seen freezing rain at times.
Most school districts from Evansville through central Indiana to Fort Wayne canceled classes Wednesday. Many government offices also are closed for the day or delaying their openings.
Purdue University is canceling its morning classes at its West Lafayette campus. Classes and normal operations will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Indiana-Purdue campus in Fort Wayne is closed Wednesday, while IUPUI in Indianapolis is closed through 5 p.m.
Duke Energy reported about 2,500 outages across Floyd, Clark, Harrison and Crawford counties.
Gov. Sam Brownback has 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 for Wednesday.
Authorities blame slick conditions for a two-car crash in southeast Kansas that killed two people.
The northern half of the state is expected to have wind chill temperatures of 15 to 25 below zero throughout Wednesday, with actual daytime temperature of 5 to 10 degrees.
Freezing rain and ice that moved through Kentucky overnight have 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 people 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 Wednesday.
Maine is under a winter storm warning as a big snowstorm makes its way into the region.
Snow is expected to begin falling before sunrise Wednesday, intensifying during the morning commute, and tapering off in the afternoon.
Maine could see 4 to 8 inches.
The National Weather Service has issued warnings for a wide area from western Maryland to northern Delaware, including the suburban counties north of Baltimore and west of Washington.
Those areas could get a quarter-inch of ice by Wednesday morning. Counties in western and northern Maryland could get up to a third of an inch. The Maryland State Highway Administration says crews have been salting roads overnight.
The federal government is open, but workers can telework or take unscheduled leave. Many schools are closed or are opening late.
Maryland emergency management officials report rising power outages with 73,000 customers in the dark, mostly in counties north and west of Baltimore.
A storm that could drop a foot or more of snow in some places is making its way across Massachusetts.
The snow hit western portions of the state in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.
Communities including Boston, Worcester and Springfield closed schools and banned street parking to prepare for snow removal.
Gov. Deval Patrick has told all non-essential state employees working in the executive branch to stay home.
A winter storm warning will remain in effect through late Wednesday afternoon. Six to 12 inches of snow is expected, with 3 to 6 inches in southeastern areas before a changeover to sleet and rain. The higher elevations of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts could see up to 15 inches.
Another winter storm is pushing across southern Michigan, with 5 to 8 inches of snow expected in three counties along the Indiana and Ohio state lines.
The weather service has issued a storm warning for St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale counties through Wednesday afternoon.
Lesser amounts of snow are expected in areas farther north, including in metropolitan Detroit.
Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the severe weather.
Northern portions of the state could see winter weather conditions, including ice and freezing rain. Additional portions of the state could see heavy rain and thunderstorms, which could cause flooding.
Forecasts for Coahoma, Desoto and Tunica counties calls for up to four-tenths an inch of ice and up to two-tenths an inch of sleet. In Benton, Marshall, Panola, Tate, Tallahatchie and Quitman counties, weather experts say residents could see up to two-tenths an inch of ice and sleet.
Some schools and businesses in Missouri are expected to remain closed Wednesday as snow tapers off in the morning.
The Missouri Department of Transportation warns that wind gusts could make road conditions dangerous, even after roads are plowed.
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.
The snow started falling before sunrise Wednesday and quickly picked up in strength for the morning commute. The state Department of Transportation lowered highway speeds to 45 mph.
The snow is expected to taper off in the afternoon. When it's all over, the southern half of New Hampshire could get anywhere from 7 to 14 inches of snow.
Temperatures are determining whether the ride to work in New Jersey is wet or icy.
Snow is mainly a problem north of Interstate 78, where 4 to 8 inches are possible.
But colder air in central New Jersey is creating sleet and freezing rain. It's mainly raining from Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties south Wednesday morning.
Nearly 30,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey are without electricity. Schools are closed or have delayed opening.
The National Weather Service expects temperatures to rise and the precipitation to changeover to rain by noon.
Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency and state offices are closed for non-essential employees.
Forecasters say a cold front Wednesday could bring more snow to the northeastern part of the state and could even bring snow to dry southeast areas.
The New York metropolitan area is seeing another bout of Old Man Winter.
A mix of snow and freezing rain began falling after midnight.
Manhattan and the Bronx should get anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow and up to a half of inch of ice. Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are looking at 2 to 4 inches of snow and a coating of ice.
The MTA says Metro-North service will be reduced by 18 percent on morning trains. The agency says subway trains are running on schedule but bus riders should expect significant delays.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday on Long Island.
In upstate New York, hundreds of schools are closed and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel.
The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall totals of 6 to 16 inches by the time the storm ends Wednesday night.
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.
Officials were advising people to stay off the roads if possible Wednesday morning and some local governments and businesses closed or delayed opening. Scattered power outages were reported.
A winter storm warning was in effect until 10 a.m., with ice-storm and flood warnings for the southern sections of the state. The storm was expected to move out by late morning.
A storm that dumped several inches of snow on Oklahoma is to be followed by bitter cold Wednesday and Thursday, with lows in the single digits.
More snow is in the forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday, with up to 3 inches possible in some areas.
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.
PECO reported more than 217,000 customers without power early Wednesday in the five-county Philadelphia region, most of them in suburban counties.
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 including a number of interstates.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Administration is reporting delays and some cancellations on suburban Philadelphia routes. Many schools have announced delays and some have canceled classes altogether.
Another winter storm is bringing snow and sleet to Rhode Island.
The National Weather Service expects the storm to dump 5 to 9 inches of snow and sleet in the northwestern corner of the state, 3 to 7 inches in the Providence area and 1 to 3 inches along the coast. A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m.
The storm has created difficult driving conditions. Most schools in the state are closed and parking bans are in effect in several communities.
Severe winter conditions have 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.
Bitter cold will continue to envelop Wyoming, which is under wind chill warnings.
The National Weather service says wind chills could hit 25 to 35 degrees below zero into Wednesday morning in a large part of western and central Wyoming.
High temperatures Wednesday will struggle to reach zero in many areas. By night, lows will be in the 10 to 20 below range. Temperatures aren't expected to warm up again until the weekend.
The snow started falling before sunrise Wednesday and was expected to taper off in the afternoon. Vermont is expected to get 5 to 10 inches.