Second big snowstorm slams East Coast

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					Second big snowstorm
slams East Coast
The National Weather Service predicted up to 14 inches of snow in New
York and Washington, with Baltimore forecast to get up to 20 inches and
Philadelphia up to 19 inches.
Government offices in Washington will be closed on Wednesday -- the
third straight day at a cost of roughly $100 million in lost productivity per
day.
The United Nations said its New York headquarters will also be closed on
Wednesday due to the storm.
Forecasters also were predicting strong winds that could cause additional
power outages.
Residents were still trying to dig out from record snowfalls of 18 to 32
inches last weekend from Washington to southern New Jersey. Some tried
to restock refrigerators and clear fallen trees before the new storm arrived.
The cold weather helped push heating oil futures higher. There still were a
few thousand customers without power in the Washington area while
subway and bus services were limited.
The latest storm has been dubbed "Snoverkill" and "Snomageddon 2.0"
and prompted many Washington-area schools to call off classes for the rest
of the week. Even the battle-tested New York public school system said it
would be closed on Wednesday.
The city of Boston, also expecting to be hit by the storm, declared a snow
emergency.
"I LOVE IT"
"I love it. I can handle one more round," said government lawyer David
Kaplan, 50, as he shoveled snow off his roof in Takoma Park, Maryland,
just outside Washington. He spent the past few days sledding and building
a luge run in his yard.
But Kaplan also said he spent a fair amount of time shoveling his driveway
and roof. "It's hard work and I hope never to do it again," he said.
The House of Representatives canceled votes for the week. Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said the Senate would not be in session on Wednesday
but would resume work on Thursday. He said he doubted the Senate would
have any votes this week. Many congressional hearings were also called off.
AMR Corp's American Airlines canceled Wednesday flights in and out of
Washington's three area airports as well as Philadelphia. Late flights on
Tuesday also have been nixed so that planes are not stranded in the snow,
the airline said.
Carriers also once again relaxed their ticket policies to allow passengers to
change flight plans around the storm. Both moves could cloud the outlook
for an industry already hard hit by the battered economy.
US Airways canceled its hourly shuttle service between Washington and
New York for Wednesday while Amtrak passenger rail service warned of
limited service along its lucrative Northeast corridor.
The storm left a battered Midwest in its wake, with canceled flights in
Chicago and up to 17 inches of snow in Iowa, one of the largest hog-
producing states. The marketing of hogs was disrupted, helping Chicago
Mercantile Exchange hog futures to rise to their highest level in six
months.
"This snowy weather creates miserable conditions for livestock in feedlots,"
said Harry Hillaker, an Iowa state climatologist. "It is difficult to get feed to
them and to keep water lines from freezing."
Livestock traders said the inclement weather had caused cattle to lose
substantial weight, with producers having to feed the cattle more just to
keep them warm.
"As of two weeks ago the weather damage to feedlot gains converts to a 2
percent drop in beef production. It doesn't include the last couple weeks of
southern Plains storms so the current rate (of beef production) is probably
even worse," said Rich Nelson, livestock analyst with Allendale Inc.

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