More snow, frigid conditions for US East Coast

2014-02-18 19:34
Pedestrians cross the street through blowing snow near the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Mike Groll, AP)

Pedestrians cross the street through blowing snow near the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Mike Groll, AP)

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Philadelphia - A quick-moving storm brought more snow as well as rare "thundersnow" to parts of the winter-weary East Coast, just days after the eastern US was paralysed with heavy snow, ice and massive power outages.

The storm brought "thundersnow", an area of heavy snow with embedded thunder, near downtown Pittsburgh. Forecasters said moderate to heavy snow would follow.

Last week, about 1.2 million utility customers lost power as the storm marched from the South through the Northeast. Schools, businesses and government offices closed. The storm was blamed for at least 25 deaths stretching from Texas to Maine.

Tuesday's storm led Pennsylvania Turnpike officials to reduce speed limits to 72km/h along the entire 223km highway system. Last week, a series of crashes on the turnpike outside Philadelphia injured 30 people and left cars stranded in a kilometer-long backup for hours.

Forecasters predicted many East Coast states would see up to 15cm of snow on Tuesday after a storm moved in overnight from the Great Lakes and through the Mid-Atlantic. Some areas were getting rain, sleet or a snow-rain mixture.

Temperatures above freezing on Tuesday were predicted to move up for the remainder of the week, giving people a reprieve from shovelling and shivering.

Coastal areas in Maine and Massachusetts saw blizzard-like conditions with more than a foot 30.5cm of snow on Saturday, and thousands on Cape Cod were left without power. Maine and parts of Massachusetts were expected to get up to another 20cm of snow on Tuesday.

On Monday, several inches of snow fell across the Great Lakes region, causing Chicago's two airports to cancel more than 1 000 flights. In Michigan, crashes closed portions of an interstate highway

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