Battered, beleaguered: Storm socks East Coast
Heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain are bombarding the East Coast on Thursday, a day after the storm encrusted the Southeast with ice. Here's a sampling of what the latest round of winter weather is bringing:
DIRE FORECAST: A National Weather Service map of the storm showed possible effects hitting 20 states from Alabama to Maine on Thursday. Winter storm warnings were issued from North Carolina to Maine.
Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow, while Washington had at least 11, Philadelphia saw nearly 9 and New York City 8. New England was receiving much smaller amounts. Parts of New Jersey had over 11 inches.
Snow arcs in the air as it is removed from the driveway at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. After pummeling wide swaths of the South, a winter storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in Washington as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The National Weather Service had called the storm "catastrophic ... crippling ... paralyzing ... choose your adjective" for the South, including Atlanta, where a storm two weeks ago created huge traffic jams.
By late Thursday morning, parts of northern Georgia had over 9 inches of snow, while North Carolina ranged from 6 inches in cities to up to 15 inches in mountainous areas.
IN THE DARK: About 750,000 homes and businesses were left without power in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama, with scattered outages reported in the Mid-Atlantic.
TREACHEROUS TRAVEL: More than 6,000 flights were canceled across the country, according to the website FlightAware. Amtrak canceled some of its trains in the Northeast and the South and modified schedules for others.
In the Northeast, municipalities imposed parking and travel restrictions so roadways and streets would be clear for plowing. Speed limits have been lowered on some highways.
At least 17 deaths, most of them in traffic accidents, were blamed on the storm as it made its way across the South and up the coast.
UPSIDE-DOWN WEATHER: While Northeast residents suffered through bitter cold yet again, temperatures reached into the mid-60s on Thursday at the Winter Games in Sochi. Russian officials say they have not needed to tap into their snow reserves on the mountain yet and all events are taking place on schedule.
WINTER CANCELS WINTER: A celebration of winter tourism in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, N.Y., was postponed ahead of the storm. Plans had called for visitors take part in skiing, bobsledding and other winter sports at the sites that hosted the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics. A new date has not been chosen.