Another Major Storm Headed to Snowy Mid-Atlantic | NECN

Another Major Storm Headed to Snowy Mid-Atlantic



    WASHINGTON (AP) - A second major snow storm in less than a week
    was blowing Tuesday toward the Mid-Atlantic region, where plows
    still hadn't touched some roads, utility workers were struggling to

    restore power and shovels were in short supply.

          The storm hit the Midwest early Tuesday, closing schools and
    greeting commuters with slick, slushy roads from Indianapolis to
    Chicago. Powerful wind and snow were expected to crawl into
    Mid-Atlantic states by the afternoon, and could leave as much as 20
    inches of new snow in Washington and 18 inches near Philadelphia -
    a Northeast travel hub - by Wednesday night.
          Parts of the region were already buried under nearly 3 feet of
          Airlines that shut down flights to Washington over the weekend
    warned that more would be canceled and that travelers who didn't
    depart by Tuesday night were likely out of luck. Washington
    resident Chris Vaughan was fortunate enough to land a seat.
          "I'm done with city, urban snow life," said Vaughan, who was
    going skiing in Utah. He dodged a $100 taxi "snow fare" by having
    a friend drop him off at Reagan National Airport - in exchange for
    a bottle of wine.
          Others were filling their pantries in case they get stuck at
    home again.
          "Getting around is a pain right now as it is, so slushy and
    sloppy," said Meghan Garaghan, 28, as she stocked up on staples
    and sweets at a supermarket in Philadelphia, which got 27 inches of
    snow. "I don't want to think about what it's going to be like with
    another foot and a half of snow dumped on top of this mess."
          Some spots, including parts of Maryland, had nearly 3 feet of
    snow from the earlier storm. One scientist said if all that fell on
    the East Coast were melted, it would fill 12 million Olympic
    swimming pools or 30,000 Empire State buildings. Philadelphia and
    Washington each need about nine more inches to give the cities
    their snowiest winters since 1884, the first year records were
          Jerry Bennett, manager of the Strosniders hardware store in
    Silver Spring, Md., said he sold 500 snow shovels in two hours
    Friday. Since then, customers have been stalking shipments.
          "Every third question is, 'Do you have shovels?"' Bennett
    said. "Every three hours, we can answer 'yes,' and then they're
          The storm that began Friday closed schools, and some 230,000
    federal workers in Washington had Monday and Tuesday off. Power was
    still out for tens of thousands of homes and businesses, and
    utilities said deep snow was hindering some crews trying to fix
    damaged power lines before the next storm hits.
          The snowbound U.S. Senate met only for a few minutes Monday, and
    the House called off floor votes on Tuesday.
          Majority Leader Harry Reid, wearing a V-neck sweater over his
    usual shirt and tie, said it was difficult to make it to work on
    snow-clogged streets and the subway system was running on a limited
          Planes weren't the only way out of town. Union Station was
    bustling with long lines as many passengers decided to try Amtrak
    after flights were canceled.
          Manuel Bernardo, 30, of Bethesda, Md., was on his way to
    Barcelona, Spain. He bought a ticket to New York and was hoping to
    make it there in time to catch his flight to Madrid.
          "Until this morning, I was happy as pie, because I love snow,"
    he said.
          In Falls Church, Va., a Washington suburb, Jeff Patmore, 43, was
    trying to get his Jeep out. The State Department employee's family
    was running low on supplies - particularly milk for his three young
          Patmore attempted a grocery run Saturday, but didn't make it
          "I thought my car could do anything, and I was wrong," he
    said. "My wonderful neighbors dug me out, and I limped back with
    my pride injured but everything else intact."
          Greg Ten Eyck, a spokesman for Safeway Inc., said road
    conditions are making it hard for many stores to restock following
    the "epic" crowds before last week's storm.
          A new wave of cold residents was checking into the Hilton in
    Silver Spring, including Bill and Ann Hilliard and their two
    elderly cats. Temperatures in their powerless home had dropped into
    the 40s and with another foot of snow forecast, they didn't want to
    stay home.
          Ann Hilliard recently had part of her leg amputated and their
    neighbors helped them out of the neighborhood.
          "There was no way to get her out otherwise," he said.
          Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko, Laurie Kellman and
    Nafeesa Syeed in Washington; Sarah Karush in Falls Church, Va.;
    Brian Witte in Annapolis, Md.; Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pa.; Tom
    Breen in Charleston, W.Va.; Joann Loviglio in Philadelphia and
    Sarah Brumfield and Stephanie Stoughton in Silver Spring, Md.,
    contributed to this story.
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