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Northeast braces for ANOTHER blizzard just days after winter blast caused chaos in Midwest

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  • More than 115 million people in 32 states are in the path of latest storm
  • The Northeast was hit with another foot of snow overnight on Tuesday
  • The New York area is expected to be pummeled with as many as 7 inches of snow followed by rain, freezing rain and sleet
  • Already more than 2,000 flights have been canceled and schools and government buildings have been closed

By Reuters and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 23:08 EST, 4 February 2014 | UPDATED: 08:33 EST, 5 February 2014

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Yet another heavy winter storm bore down on the East Coast on Wednesday morning, threatening to dump up to a foot of snow, shuttering schools and causing treacherous commutes for thousands.

Areas from the lower Great Lakes eastward through central New England can expect to see ample snowfall before the system moves out to sea by Wednesday evening, meteorologists said.

A day after the storm pounded the nation's mid-section, there was a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain hitting a swath north of Washington, D.C. through New York City, with growing snowfall in Boston and parts of New England. In New Jersey, a state of emergency was declared.

'It's going to be a mess,' Rich Thompson with the National Weather Service said. 'The heavy snow is going to be up toward Boston and inland from the Coast.'

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Slush: Juan Garcia shovels snow from a sidewalk in New York's Times Square on Wednesday morning after yet another night of snowfall across the city. It also covered Washington D.C. and New England

Slush: Juan Garcia shovels snow from a sidewalk in New York's Times Square on Wednesday morning after yet another night of snowfall across the city. It also covered Washington D.C. and New England

Battling back: A worker uses a snow blower to clear the slippery sidewalks in New York on Wednesday

Battling back: A worker uses a snow blower to clear the slippery sidewalks in New York on Wednesday

Covered: New York City's Central Park is under several inches of snow as another winter storm has the Big Apple in its cross-hairs

Blanketed: New York City's Central Park, photographed on Tuesday, is under several inches of snow as another winter storm has the Big Apple in its cross-hairs

More than 115 million people in 32 states were in the path of the storm, which threatened to cut power, cancel flights and snarl traffic, NBC reported.

Already more than 2,400 flights have been canceled as slushy snow and ice blankets runways, with New York-area airports and Boston's Logan International Airport hardest hit, FlightStats reported.

Residents and state officials were taking precautions, with officials postponing legislative work and closing schools. Schools in Providence, Rhode Island, were ordered closed on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for New York City lasting until 6 pm on Wednesday, while Con Edison warned residents that the snow and freezing rain could spark power cuts across the city.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and ordered state offices closed on Wednesday for all non-essential workers.

'I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations,' Christie said in a written statement.

Storm: This NOAA satellite image taken on Wednesday morning shows a developing storm system over much of the Eastern half of the United States, which is expected to be pummeled with more snow

Storm: This NOAA satellite image taken on Wednesday morning shows a developing storm system over much of the Eastern half of the United States, which is expected to be pummeled with more snow

New storm: A map shows that the Northeast will be heaviest hit by snowfall, with up to 12 inches

New storm: A map shows that the Northeast will be heaviest hit by snowfall, with up to 12 inches

Freezing: The Northeast is enduring freezing temperatures, slush snow and ice after days of snow

Freezing: The Northeast is enduring freezing temperatures, slush snow and ice after days of snow

Winter storm: A map shows the severe wind chill and winter weather alerts in place across the country

Winter storm: A map shows the severe wind chill and winter weather alerts in place across the country

More than 2,000 U.S. flights were canceled early on Wednesday morning, with more than 250 delayed, according to Flightaware.com, a website that tracks air traffic.

It adds to the 8,000 flights that were delayed across the country by Tuesday afternoon, and more than 1,640 that were canceled, according to Flightaware.com, a website that tracks air traffic.

A second patch of snowfall that was approaching Cleveland and Detroit would likely move across to the New York and New England areas later in the day, Thompson said.

New York issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday and Mayor Bill de Blasio told residents to prepare for a difficult commute.

The storm set up Monday night over southwestern Kansas and was peaking over Kansas City on Tuesday. More than 7 inches (18 cm) of snow had fallen in the Kansas City area by the early evening.

Covered: A front end loader clears snow from intersections in Hutchison, Kansas on Tuesday

Covered: A front end loader clears snow from intersections in Hutchison, Kansas on Tuesday

Ice work: A worker clears snow from the sidewalk along Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas

Ice work: A worker clears snow from the sidewalk along Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas

The threat of snow remained on the East Coast and in the Midwest  as the brutal winter weather continued

The threat of snow remained on the East Coast and in the Midwest as the brutal winter weather continued

This event is uncommon, said NWS meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel, as only about 3 percent of the winter storms that hit Kansas City total more than six inches of snow.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of 'disaster emergency' on Tuesday. Authorities in Kansas and neighboring Missouri advised residents to stay in their homes and the National Weather Service (NWS) warned of 'extremely difficult travel conditions'.

'Kansas City and eastern Kansas is going to get a lot of snow,' said Greg Carbin, meteorologist for the NWS Storm Prediction Center. 'It's remarkable weather. Winter is entrenched. It doesn't appear to be wanting to go anywhere.'

Interstate 70, a key road artery connecting Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, was closed in both directions for part of the day Tuesday near Columbia, Missouri, after poor visibility and slippery conditions caused several tractor-trailers to collide, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Numerous additional accidents were reported in Missouri as cars skidded off slick highways. Icy conditions were wreaking havoc in Arkansas, with multiple accidents reported on major traffic arteries, said Arkansas highway officials.

Precautions: Cities across the Northeast are preparing for the worst, in many cases closing schools and offices in preparation for the storm

Precautions: Cities across the Northeast are preparing for the worst, in many cases closing schools and offices in preparation for the storm

Round two: The storm that slammed the Midwest on Tuesday is set to hit the Northeast by Wednesday morning

Round two: The storm that slammed the Midwest on Tuesday is set to hit the Northeast by Wednesday morning

A pedestrian struggles in downtown Columbia, Missouri as there was no let up in the snowstorms on Tuesday

A pedestrian struggles in downtown Columbia, Missouri as there was no let up in the snowstorms on Tuesday

Also on Tuesday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy postponed his state of the state address.

He said the impending storm was also causing state legislative leaders to push back by a day the start of the joint legislative session.

'While I hope the storm is not as bad as predictions suggest, I also don't want to put anyone in harm's way,' Gov. Malloy said in a statement announcing the delay.

The incoming snow comes after a fast-moving winter storm hit the Northeast on Monday, forcing flight cancellations throughout the region and tying up road traffic the day after the NFL's Super Bowl.

On Sunday, the famed groundhog 'Punxsutawney Phil' emerged from his burrow in the small Pennsylvania town, saw his shadow and - as the legend goes - predicted six more weeks of winter.

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