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.
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 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.