Another severe ice and snowstorm blew through the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, grounding more than 2,500 flights and utility crews worked to restore power for hundreds of thousands of people from Arkansas to New Jersey.
Connecticut's governor and legislative leaders agreed to delay the start of the General Assembly's annual session because of snow. State offices were closed in Topeka, Kan., for a second-straight day. States of emergency were declared in New Jersey and Mississippi.
Two planes became stuck on taxiways at snowy Detroit Metropolitan Airport, requiring trucks to push or pull the regional Delta jets out of the snow. On Tuesday night, a Southwest Airlines jet arriving from Denver got stuck in a snow bank at Kansas City International Airport.
"The storm is having a huge impact on air travel in the Northeast," FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said in an email to CNBC.
By early afternoon, more than 2,900 flights were canceled and 4,900 were delayed. Airports in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia posted the most disruptions. (See the latest air travel status here.)
"If you can avoid travel this AM, do it!" the National Weather Service tweeted.
Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without electricity, local power companies told Reuters. Pennsylvania was the hardest hit with 640,000 customers knocked out. In other power outages, Maryland had 140,000; New Jersey, 62,000;;Arkansas, 48,000; Kentucky, 10,000; Delaware, 6,000; Indiana, 2,500 and Connecticut, 300, according to The Associated Press.
In New York City, a subway line temporarily lost power north of Times Square.