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Storm Moves Out: Thousands Without Power, Icy Commute

The storm's lingering effects will be felt Thursday due to leftover snow and overnight freezing that caused icy roads.

About 92,000 customers are without power and an overnight refreeze left icy roads after the region's second nor'easter in less than a week dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of our area, caused hundreds of accidents that left drivers stranded for hours, and hospitalized a New Jersey teacher after she was struck by lightning during thundersnow. 

Power outages hit Bucks and Burlington counties especially hard. The heavy, wet snow combined with 25 to 35 mph winds and gusts up to 40 mph to bring down branches and power lines throughout the region. Some of those outages were also left over from Friday’s storm.

In hard-hit Bucks County, the American Red Cross set up a shelter for people left in the dark at the Middletown Municipal Building in Langhorne.

The second nor’easter snowstorm in less than a week has left thousands in the Philadelphia region without power.

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The snow began moving out around 5 p.m. Wednesday and was gone completely by 8 p.m. Temperatures remained at or below freezing overnight. Use caution if you’re heading out Thursday morning due to possible slippery conditions on roads and sidewalks. Thursday will be windy and chilly with a brief snow shower possible. Highs will only be in the upper 30s.

Hundreds of schools were closed Wednesday and many will remain closed or open two hours late Thursday as the region recovers. All Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools will open on a two-hour delay Thursday.

Check here for a full list of school closings and delays.

If you are planning to fly out of Philadelphia Thursday, check to make sure your flight is taking off as scheduled.

The storm moved in Tuesday night and continued overnight into Wednesday morning. It reached its peak midday with heavy periods of snow, low visibility, thundersnow and lightning that injured at least one woman.

The storm also caused hundreds of crashes and disabled vehicles throughout the area as vehicles were stranded on both major roads and back roads. Drivers heading west on the Schuylkill Expressway were stuck in traffic for more than three hours after two trucks jackknifed.

The highest snow totals were seen in Richboro, Bucks County with 16 inches of snow and Princeton Township, New Jersey with 17.8 inches. Broomall, Delaware County had a foot of snow, Lower Makefield Township in Bucks County had 10.5 inches while Greenville in New Castle County had 10.4 inches.

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