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Nor’easter slams East Coast with heavy snow, threatens more outages



A second nor’easter barreled down on the Northeast on Wednesday, promising to snarl the evening commute with heavy snow just days after a deadly winter storm left hundreds of thousands without power.

Forty-eight million people from Maryland to Maine were facing winter storm advisories Wednesday from this latest nor’easter, part of a system that has dumped snow across the country since it first hit the West Coast late last week.

Photos: Nor’easter slams East Coast… again

Witnesses even reported lightning and peals of thunder across the region during the snowstorm — a rare phenomenon called “thundersnow.”

The new storm has already caused thousands of canceled flights and is making roads treacherous in major cities, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

“We’re starting now to see deteriorating conditions in New York and Philadelphia, the heavy snow signature we were expecting,” said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center. “It’s going to envelop those areas right through rush hour.”

“And with the roads extremely slippery,” he added, “driving in it is not going to be fun.”

Image: Another Major Nor'Easter Barrels Into Northeastern U.S.

Cars drive through wet snow along a highway in the Brooklyn, New York City during Wednesday’s storm.