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Updated: 02/06/2014 01:19:02AM

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

A commuter walks 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

An abandoned shopping cart is fringed with icicles at the Giant in Springettsbury Township, Pa. early Wednesday February 5, 2014. The store was open but the parking lot mostly empty. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Paul Kuehnel ) YORK DISPATCH OUT

Hamady's Alex Williams, left, and Demar Ford, right, hug Rick Green as others rush in to celebrate a 39-36 high school basketball game victory over New Lothrop, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Snowflakes rest in the hair, eyebrows and even eyelashes of Flint resident Tina Storey, 48, while she stands waiting for the bus outside of the Mass Transportation Authority downtown transportation center Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Icicles hang from a snowman's arms Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014, in Chambersburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Public Opinion, Markell DeLoatch)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Rescue workers attempt to free a man trapped in a truck on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 on I-94 near the Elm Street bridge in Jackson, Mich. Several multi-vehicle crashes, including some with injuries, were reported along Interstate 94 in the Jackson area. (AP Photo/MLive.com, Michelle Tessier) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

A ice-covered tree fell across Milam Drive east of Winchester, Va., Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Scott Mason)

Icicles hang from a snowman's arms Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014, in Chambersburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Public Opinion, Markell DeLoatch)

Residents with shovels and snow blowers start to clear out the snow along 8th Avenue in Carbondale, Pa. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 after the a snowstorm hit the area. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

A bird perches next to ice covered sneakers hanging from utility lines 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)

A man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, 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)

Traffic is sparse and the sidewalks impassable as a heavy snow falls in Pembroke, Mass., Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2014. The storm is expected to drop a foot or more of snow on some areas of Massachusetts Wednesday making driving treacherous. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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More than a million homes and businesses were left in darkness and cold Wednesday after snow, sleet and freezing rain moved into the Northeast. The region’s second winter storm of the week canceled classes, closed government and business offices and sent cars and trucks sliding on slippery roads and highways. Around a foot of snow fell in some states. Moving in overnight from the Midwest, where it wreaked similar havoc, the storm tested the region already battered by a series of heavy snows and below-freezing temperatures this winter.

Pennsylvania

Ice and snow brought down trees and limbs and knocked out power to some 750,000 customers. Most of the outages were in the Philadelphia suburbs, and PECO, the major utility company, warned it could be the weekend before some people get their lights back on. The Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed around Harrisburg, the state capital, for more than 13 hours after a fatal crash Tuesday night. Many schools were closed.

New York

Up to a foot of snow fell in places upstate; hundreds of schools upstate were closed. Four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice covered New York City. The state deployed 3,500 tons of stockpiled road salt to New York City, where supplies were running low, while plows and other heavy equipment aimed to keep roads clear. A 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders was closed to all vehicles until mid-afternoon. The Metropolitan Transit Authority said 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 operated on a storm schedule. Buses and trains were cross-honoring tickets.

Michigan

The state received more than 6 inches of snow in some areas, snarling traffic and keeping towing operators busy. AAA Michigan got at least 1,100 calls for service Wednesday morning. Authorities reported several multi-vehicle crashes after snow fell along Interstate 94 in the Jackson area; traffic accidents closed parts of Interstate 69 around Flint.

Ohio

Most of Ohio was hit with heavy snow and freezing rain, closing hundreds schools and creating extremely hazardous driving conditions. Four to 8 inches of snow fell overnight Tuesday. 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. “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 because of the frequent winter 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. He was taken to a hospital. Both he and his dog were expected to recover.

Kentucky

Freezing rain and ice that moved through Kentucky overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday left thousands without power, mostly in Jefferson County, where about 10,000 customers had no power early Wednesday. The National Weather Service said the winter storm left about a quarter-inch of ice over much of central and northern Kentucky.

Massachusetts

The storm dropped nearly a foot of snow in parts of Massachusetts. In Boston, Worcester, Springfield and elsewhere, schools and colleges canceled classes. The state’s trial courts also closed for the day. Gov. Deval Patrick told all non-essential state employees working in the executive branch to stay home.

Rhode island

Nearly all schools in Rhode Island were closed, and state police responded to several traffic accidents. The General Assembly canceled its sessions. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority warned of delays. Snow turned to sleet and rain in some parts of the state.

Connecticut

The start of the General Assembly’s annual session was delayed from Wednesday to Thursday because of the snow. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Wednesday. Many schools were closed. Ridership was cut in half as thousands of commuters stayed home.

Iowa

Authorities said snowy road conditions may have contributed to a vehicle collision in Des Moines that killed one person.

Oklahoma

Classes were canceled at many Oklahoma schools, including Oklahoma City, because of subzero wind chills that reached 10 degrees below zero.

Missouri

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 were placed on buses and taken to the terminal.

Wisconsin

With the severe weather, homeowners in far northern Wisconsin were urged 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 were expected to be below zero for much of the week.

New Hampshire

At the Mount Sunapee Resort ski area, the lot was filling up with skiers undeterred by a trek through the snow. In Newport, the snow helped pick up the pace of ticket sales for an outdoor “Yankee Luau” on the town common Wednesday as part of the town’s 98th Winter Carnival.

Indiana

Indiana was socked with up to a foot of snow. Several major highways were closed for a time, including Interstate 65 north of Lafayette and south of Indianapolis, and Interstate 74 in southeastern Indiana.

Washington, D.C.

The Maryland Transit Administration reduced the number of afternoon trains out of Washington on the MARC Brunswick line. Two morning trains hit fallen trees on the tracks; no one was hurt. Passengers on the first disabled train were put on a later train that also hit a fallen tree about a mile down the line, and the passengers were transferred again.

Power outages:

By Wednesday evening, power outages remained above 1 million. They included: Pennsylvania, 750,000; Maryland, 140,000; New Jersey, 44,000; Arkansas, 48,000; Kentucky, 10,000; New York, 8,000; Delaware, 6,000; Indiana, 2,500; Connecticut, 300.


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