Second wallop: 32 states in the path of another wild storm

Winter came out swinging Tuesday as the second storm of the week pummeled the nation’s midsection and the East Coast hunkered down for an overnight onslaught of snow and ice.
All told, more than 100 million people in 32 states were in the path of a storm that threatened to cut power, ground flights and snarl traffic — again.
“It’s another one of these significant snow storms, covering a large swath of the country,” said Kevin Roth of The Weather Channel, who added that a long arm of the Northeast — from central New York into New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts — could be pounded by more than 12 inches of snow.
“Tomorrow morning’s commute looks to be pretty unseemly for them,” he said.

The storm was expected to hit the Northeast just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Roth said, just a day after the region was walloped with fat flakes. Major cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington will likely avoid the worst, but officials cautioned residents to brace for bone-chilling rain and ice.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for New York City beginning overnight and running until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Utility company Con Edison warned residents that a combination of snow and freezing rain could trigger power failures across the city. Meanwhile, another storm warning was out for the northern counties of New Jersey.
The storm smashed through the Plains on Tuesday, hitting Kansas and Oklahoma with snow that forecasters said could stack up to as much as a foot before moving north to drop 5 to 8 inches on Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Detroit, Roth said.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings across 15 states early Tuesday from the Rockies to southern Maine.
Marissa Ellison, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Transportation Department, said road conditions throughout northeast Missouri were “awful,” with whiteout conditions in many areas.
“We currently have a no-travel advisory out, and it needs to be taken seriously,” Ellison told NBC station WGEM.
Like many municipalities, Boone County, Mo., was already running low on salt.
Chet Dunn, the county’s road operations manager, told NBC station KOMU that while the county had enough for this storm, “everybody in the state is low.”
“There’s a shortage out there, a supply issue of getting salt to the depots and then to us,” Dunn said.
Public works officials in Quincy, Ill., were forced to pay almost $200 a ton for salt — four times the normal price — as the storm loomed, Central Services Director Marty Stegeman told WGEM.
At least one person was dead in Des Moines, Iowa, in a collision on a slippery road, police said. A truck lost control Tuesday morning, skidded across the median and into incoming traffic. It was hit by a Chevrolet Cavalier, whose driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police told NBC station WHO.
In Kansas — where as much as a foot of snow was expected to blanket the streets — lawmakers postponed legislative duties and state departments told employees to stay home for the day, according to the AP. Meanwhile, classes were nixed throughout the state.

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