BBC NEWS | Americas | Southern US hit by rare snowfall
Snow has blanketed parts of the US states of Louisiana and Mississippi, causing disruption and leaving thousands without power.Opposition critics meet first time since signing coalition
Up to eight inches of snow were reported in some areas, blocking roads and forcing offices to close.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire said an unprecedented 230,000 customers - nearly half of the homes and businesses it serves - were without power at one point.
The outages had far surpassed the infamous ice storm of 1998, when some residents spent more than a week without power, utility officials said.
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - An ice storm to compare with some of the Northeast's worst made a mess of the region Friday, leaving 1.25 million homes and businesses in seven states without power as it forced schools to close and toppled ice-laden trees and power lines onto slippery roads.
Most of the outages were in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York, and it was expected to take several days to completely restore electricity. The storm wreaked havoc from Maine to Pennsylvania, leaving a sparkling, ice-covered landscape that was too destructive for many to find beautiful.
"This is pathetic," said Bob Cott of Portland, Maine, who lost power. "I'm already sick of winter and we have nine days to go before it officially begins."