Northeastern US hit by second major storm in a week

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Intense bands of snow whipped parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, threatening unsafe driving conditions and more power outages as the second nor'easter in a week crept up the storm-weary East Coast.

"The (third) storm will reach the southern Atlantic coast and may. reorganize, strengthen and turn northward", he said.

The storm has mostly passed in the Northeast.

Amtrak resumed passenger train services between New York City and Boston on a modified schedule after they were suspended for hours earlier on Thursday.

The dense snow and strong winds downed trees and power lines on Wednesday, knocking power out in more than a million homes and homes and businesses across the Northeast, utility companies said.

About 38 million people from New Jersey to ME were under winter storm warnings and watches, just days after last weekend's deadly "bomb cyclone".

The storm wasn't predicted to be as severe as the nor'easter that toppled trees, inundated coastal communities and caused more than 2 million power outages from Virginia to ME last Friday. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a state of emergency for several counties.

Major flooding has also been reported along the New Jersey shore.

But parts of New England will see heavy to moderate snow into Thursday morning, forecasters said. The National Weather Service said that fallen trees and risky road conditions pose a bigger safety threat than the high winds, rain or snow.

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The Mount Snow ski area in Dover, Vermont, received 31 inches of snow by Thursday morning with more still falling.

The storm, which is still dropping snow across northern New England, caused plenty of misery.

"Heavy snowfall and high winds have resulted in hazardous driving conditions", Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted.

Mayor Marty Walsh reminded residents to take their time shoveling as the snow is heavy and to help elderly or disabled neighbors if possible.

This storm's ferocity included bouts of "thundersnow" - lightning and thunder.

The North Shore and Worcester Counter were hit hardest with power outages, with some towns, like Newbury and Boxford reporting that all customers are now without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

In Wells, Maine, the Maine Diner remained open even though much of the town was without power after the storm dumped a foot-and-a-half of snow. Butler, New Jersey, got 22 inches, Sloatsburg, New York, 23 inches and Newtown, Connecticut, 14 inches. Outages were also starting to roll in from Maine.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that more than 345,000 customers across the state were without power as of 9 a.m. "Mother Nature can't keep us down".