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Bitter Cold, More Snow Forecast For Storm-Battered Northeast

An icy blast of freezing weather was forecast to bring bitter cold to the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains Sunday, while the storm-battered Northeast is to get more snow.

Several inches of snow are forecast for interior areas of New England Sunday night into Monday, according to The Weather Channel, bringing more winter misery for parts still recovering from a pre-Christmas ice storm that left tens of thousands without power for days.

On Sunday night, the Federal Aviation Administration reported that low clouds and high winds delayed flights at several airports in the Northeast, including LaGuardia International in New York and Philadelphia International. Flights were delayed for almost two hours, the FAA reported.

Freezing cold air is also expected north and east of the Rockies for much of the coming week, Weather Channel meteorologist Michael Palmer said.

Efforts continued Sunday to restore power to residents across much of the Midwest and Northeast. Thousands of residents from Michigan to Maine and even into Canada have been without electricity for six days, which forced many to ring in the holidays in the safety of a shelter.

On Saturday evening, an estimated 21,371 were still without power — and while many are just hoping that they won't have to usher in 2014 in the dark, progress was being made.

At the height of the outage on Monday night, 210,000 homes and businesses in Michigan were without power, Brian Wheeler, spokesman for Consumers Energy, told NBC News.

That number had significantly dropped, he said, to 14,905, by Saturday evening. Wheeler anticipated full restoration of power to their customers by the end of Saturday.

But on Sunday morning, an estimated 1,692 Consumers Energy customers were still without power. That number dropped to 400 by Sunday night, Wheeler said.

Wheeler added that his company has utility workers at the ready should Sunday night's storm cause more outages.


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