Early Snow Storm Brings East Coast To A Hault

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Some residents across the Northeast are facing the prospect of days without electricity or heat.

In the aftermath of a weekend storm that dumped heavy, wet snow across the region, there are still millions of people without power. But temperatures are expected to rise, and forecasters say the snow will start melting.

Hundreds of schools are closed today after the storm left as much as two and a-half feet of snow in parts of the Northeast. For some communities, it's one of the earliest "snow days" off from school in recent memory.

Some local officials are canceling Halloween activities, out of fear that children could wander into areas with downed power lines or with trees that are ready to fall.

Connecticut's governor has even suspended the annual tradition of handing out candy at the governor's mansion, heeding the decision of Hartford's mayor to discourage trick-or-treating. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says no amount of candy is worth a potentially serious accident.

Two days after the nor'easter charged up the East Coast, many towns said they were simply too many hazards including snow-clogged sidewalks, slippery surfaces and the possibility of more falling tree limbs. Some urged parents to take children trick-or-treating at malls or organize activities at home with friends.

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