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Bad weather last night kept the polls open late in Maryland as a powerful storm system continued on Wednesday to spread more than half a foot of snow and freezing rain across parts of the Northeast.

Click on the video player to see an ice jam in Indiana.

Hundreds of schools and businesses are closed and flight delays and traffic accidents are causing a travel nightmare.

The National Weather Service reported 8.5 inches of snow in Brunswick and nearly 8 at Sanford and Fitchburg, Mass., and up to 6 inches in eastern New York state. Winter storm warnings were in effect for much of New England and northern New York state.

The weather system had been blamed for at least 10 deaths in two days.

The storm pummeled the Ohio Valley with ice and snow on Tuesday as it followed a northeasterly track toward New England.

Precipitation in New England started as snow, changed over to sleet and freezing rain, and was expected to change completely to rain during the day. Farther south, rain soaked the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina to the New York metropolitan area.

The nation's capital has also been coated by an ice storm. An icy step caused Defense Secretary Robert Gates to slip at his D.C. home and break his right shoulder.

About 7,000 customers were blacked out in New York's Hudson Valley, and Connecticut Light & Power had about 21,000 customers without power. More than 5,000 customers still had no power Wednesday in southwest Missouri, where the ice struck on Monday.

Many flights in and out of Portland International Jetport were canceled Wednesday morning, and bus services reported cancellations and delays.

Philadelphia International Airport reported numerous cancelations and delays, and ice and freezing rain shut down Connecticut's Bradley International Airport at Hartford for nearly five hours during the morning.

The storm system had been blamed for one death in Louisiana, one in New Jersey, three in Kentucky, two in Missouri, two in West Virginia, and one in Philadelphia.

Source: The Associated Press

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