Snowstorm wallops Northeast, piling on the misery

A woman walks her dog in Battery Park after a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on some areas on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 in New York. Commuters up and down the East Coast began the all-too-familiar task of digging out cars, shoveling sidewalks and slogging and slipping through a treacherous morning commute on Thursday after a drawn-out storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas overnight, heaping more misery on a region that has been hit by one snowstorm after another. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

January 27, 2011 8:41:44 AM PST
A storm that had been predicted for days caught much of the East Coast off guard with its ferocity, tearing through with lightning, thunder and mounds of wet snow, leaving more than 300,000 customers around the nation's capital without power Thursday and forcing people to shovel out their cars and doorsteps all over again.