Philadelphia (CNN) — First came the whiteouts, then the blackouts.
Utility companies scrambled Friday to restore power to the Northeast as hundreds of thousands shivered.
A powerful snowstorm had moved Wednesday from the Midwest, arriving Thursday in the Northeast. It whacked a string of states along the way, dumping 13 inches of snow on Kansas, more than 10 inches on parts of Massachusetts and 4 inches on New York.
In some areas, ice snapped tree limbs and downed power lines, causing massive blackouts.
In Philadelphia alone, electric provider PECO said early Friday that 319,000 homes and businesses were without power. In Pennsylvania’s Chester County, some traffic lights were powered by portable generators, CNN affiliate KFW reported.