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Treacherous conditions expected this evening as nor'easter pummels Northeast

Snowy nor'easter brings threat of more power problems along East Coast High surf pummels a house as waves breach a seawall in Marshfield Mass. on March 6
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 12:38

Intense bands of snow whipped parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, threatening risky driving conditions and more power outages as the second nor'easter in a week crept up the storm-weary East Coast. The nor'easter closed schools and government offices, grounded thousands of flights and raised fears of another round of fallen trees and electrical outages as it made its way up the East Coast.

Very heavy snow is also falling in New England; in the coastal areas there is more rain than snow.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning into Thursday morning from the Philadelphia area through most of New England.

The National Weather Service warned of "heavy wet snow, coastal flooding and gusty winds" in the region.

"Snowfall totals are forecast to be over a foot for portions of the Northeast west of Interstate 95 through Thursday evening", the NWS said.

More than 400 flights - including at airports in New Jersey, New York, Boston and Philadelphia - were canceled within, into or out of the United States on Thursday, according to FlightAware.

Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative, which covers northern portions of Sussex County, was able to restore power to all its customers by Monday evening.

The storm wasn't predicted to be as severe as the nor'easter that toppled trees, inundated coastal communities and caused more than 2 million power outages from Virginia to ME last Friday.

The combination of heavy snow and strong winds will lead to additional tree damage and power outages.

Wind gusts could reach 30-50 miles per hour Wednesday evening from New York City to Boston.

As low pressure forms on the North Carolina-Virginia border, an initial batch of snow is moving along Interstate-95 from Baltimore north toward central NY.

New York City public schools are open Wednesday.

The website said 9,587 flights had been delayed and 3,076 canceled, majority in the north-east, by late afternoon.

More than 680,000 customers were without electricity from Maryland to ME early Wednesday evening, utility companies reported.

North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches.

The company said there were more than 17,000 delays.

A New Jersey middle school teacher was struck by lightning but survived, the report said.

A powerful nor'easter continues to roll through the East Coast for the second time in less than a week, bringing another round of blackouts, treacherous roads and canceled flights.

Amtrak said it was canceling some train service Wednesday, and regional rail trains in Philadelphia will operate on a weekend schedule on Wednesday. The governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of emergency.

The storm dumped snow in several areas Wednesday, including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.