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February 5, 2014

Snow heads back to Northeast after Midwest slammed

Winter-weary residents of the Northeast are getting another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain, with the second storm of the week canceling classes, closing government and business offices, and causing power outages across the region after causing similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. Anywhere from a few inches to a foot or more of snow is expected to fall Wednesday on East Coast states, while some are getting freezing rain and sleet that makes driving treacherous. It's their second go-round since Monday.

ARKANSAS

A day after snow, sleet and freezing rain pushed through Arkansas, leaving thousands without power, more wintry precipitation is forecast.

Lows Wednesday may be in the 20s in northern Arkansas and the 30s in the central and south regions. But there are chances of snow across north and central Arkansas starting Wednesday and running into Friday.

Entergy Arkansas says about 38,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas reported another 10,400 customers without electricity Wednesday morning.

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut's governor and legislative leaders agreed to delay the start of the General Assembly's annual session because of snow.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says legislative leaders agreed to move the planned Wednesday opening to Thursday. The joint session will begin at noon Thursday when Malloy delivers his State of the State Address.

Malloy also ordered a delayed opening for state offices on Wednesday, with nonessential state employees to report at 10 a.m. Many schools are closed.

Metro-North canceled and combined some trains on the New Haven Line.

The National Weather Service forecasts 6 to 10 inches of snow and sleet in northwestern Connecticut, 5 to 9 inches in the Hartford area and 1 to 3 inches along the shoreline. A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m.

ILLINOIS

Heavy, blowing snow is slowing travel across much of Illinois.

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