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Feb 5, 2014 11:40 AM by Associated Press

Storm moves from Midwest to Northeast, hundreds of thousands without power

BOSTON (AP) - Residents of the Northeast who have already had enough winter to last them a while are getting another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

The second storm of the week is canceling classes, closing government and business offices and causing power outages across the region. The storm had a similar impact yesterday in the Midwest.

Anywhere from a few inches to a foot or more of snow is expected to fall today on East Coast states. Some are getting freezing rain and sleet that is making driving treacherous. It's the region's second go-round since Monday.

Massachusetts is bracing for six to 12 inches of snow. It started falling in western parts of the state before dawn. Boston and other communities have closed schools and banned street parking to prepare for snow removal. Some non-essential Massachusetts state employees have been told to stay home.

A mix of snow and freezing rain began falling after midnight in the New York area. Manhattan could get three to six inches of snow, and up to a half-inch of ice. In upstate New York, hundreds of schools are closed and authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel.

Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nearly 30,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey are without power.

To the west, much of Ohio got four to eight inches of snow overnight. Many counties declared snow emergencies. Freezing rain and ice that moved through Kentucky overnight left thousands without power.

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