'Snowmageddon II' Headed to Buried Mid-Atlantic

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WASHINGTON -- A few days after the East Coast was hit by 'Snowmageddon,' the region is expected to get buried by still more snow.

The frozen precipitation has crippled transportation, downed power lines and is set to break records more than a hundred years old.

Crews Gear Up for Round Two

Before clean-up crews had a chance to really make progress, they had to start preparing for round two.

The forecast calls for Tuesday's snow to last into Wednesday, leaving as much as 18 inches on the ground in Philadelphia.

Another foot or more is expected in the nation's capital where some areas are already under nearly three feet of snow.

"If this snowstorm develops the way we think, by the time this winter is over, we will have had the most snow recorded in any winter in Washington, D.C. going back to the 1870s," said Doug Hill, chief meteorologist for Washington's WJLA.

Canceled flights have filled the screens at Washington's Reagan National Airport. And airlines have warned that it will only get worse.

"My original flight was supposed to be Saturday," stranded traveler Adrian Boyd said. "But then the snow came and then they said I could fly out Sunday and then they cancelled all those flights."

Round two has been forecast to hit major cities along the East Coast all the way up to New York.

In the Cold, In the Dark

Meanwhile, power companies from North Carolina to New Jersey are trying to restore electricity to tens of thousands of customers who are in the dark.

"I'm concerned," New Jersey resident Michael Caulfield said. "We don't have power. So maybe I'll run the water or something tonight. But hopefully they'll get it back fairly soon or else it'll be a real concern."

North Carolina resident Roger Bares said, "If we get the power back on and get an evening of power, I think we'll be okay, because we can warm the place up before we get hit by the next one."

The task is not easy, because crews have to chip away blocks of ice on frozen power lines.

"As we're going we're knocking the ice off to separate the wires from each other, because if the wires hit while they're energized, they'll explode," utility worker Barry Van Dyke explained.

Snow Cripples Nation's Capital

In Washington,D.C., the snow forced the government to shut down for a second day.

In addition, classes were canceled for nearly 2 million students in the metro area. Many of them have been out of school since Friday.

The snow also forced the Commerce Department to scrap a press conference announcing the creation of its Climate Change office. It made the announcement by telephone instead.

The region is blanketed with so much heavy snow that it has caused roofs to collapse. Officials believe that may explain why one airport hanger came crashing down on two small planes.

The snow is also bringing down trees across the region.

"I pulled up and found it like this," said one resident whose car was damaged by a fallen tree. "I parked it here so it'd be easy to get out with the snow, just to push it into the road and I wasn't thinking about a tree falling on it."

Another resident said, "The only time I want to see ice or snow is in a drink from now on."

But for now, millions of people will have to deal with snow and ice on the ground.

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