Power could be out for days in the snowy Northeast

A tree is split in two due to heavy snow on its tree-laden branches in Belmont, Mass., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Millions of people from Maine to Maryland are without power after an unseasonably early nor'easter dumped heavy, wet snow over the weekend on a region more used to gaping at leaves in October than shoveling snow. ((AP Photo/Michael Dwyer))
October 31, 2011 3:02:08 PM PDT
Hundreds of thousands of people across the Northeast shivered at the prospect of days without heat or lights after a freak October snowstorm over the weekend, and many towns postponed trick-or-treating Monday in what seemed like a mean Halloween prank to some children.

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