(CNN) – Millions of people in the Northeast are being hammered by the second winter storm to strike within days. It’s dumping up to 14 inches of snow in Massachusetts, just a week after the state was smothered by more than two feet. We also know it is a powerful storm system, because it left a foot-and-a-half of snow in Chicago!
A monster storm slamming the Northeast: winter storm warnings in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and across New England. Up to a foot of snow forecast in Boston, where they declared a snow emergency once again. Schools were closed and officials urged residents to use public transportation if they had to go out.
“We want to make sure that the entire city is up and running tomorrow. So we’re out there with plows today, we’re asking people if you can stay off the roads.”
South of Boston, a woman died after being struck by a snow plow. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office tells CNN the victim was hit in this parking lot Monday morning by a snowplow operator. An investigation is underway. There was a travel ban during last week’s storm, but not this time, and visibility is an issue.
“Maybe a mile or so visibility. Definitely coming down, keep the windshield wipers going.”
Some drivers who ventured out had issues.
“Somebody went out unexpectedly; to avoid collision I went into the snow bank.”
The massive winter storm blanketed the Midwest before hitting the Northeast. Wet, heavy snow fell in Nebraska; two people were killed in weather-related car accidents there on Sunday. In Chicago, more than 50,000 customers lost power during the storm. Utility crews were trying to restore power Monday to about 5,000 customers still without power. The city got 18 inches of snow on Sunday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that’s more than their share.
“We are getting in this 24 hour cycle the same as we got for all of the month of January.”
Emergency crews responded to this multi-vehicle crash on interstate 294, about 20 miles from Chicago, Monday morning. The storm is also impacting air travel. The travel headaches started over the weekend and continued after more than 3,000 flights were canceled on Monday; most out of Chicago O’Hare, Newark Liberty and Boston Logan International Airport.