ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – A storm blamed for at least 36 deaths in six states spread into the Northeast yesterday, coating trees, power lines and roads with a shell of ice up to a half-inch thick and knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses.

Ice-covered roads cut into Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances from Albany, N.Y., to Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, where officials also canceled Gov. Rick Perry’s inauguration parade today because another round of ice was expected.

The weight of the ice snapped tree limbs and took down power lines, knocking out electricity to about 135,000 customers in New York state and New Hampshire.

Even in Maine, well-accustomed to winter, a layer of sleet and snow on roads shut down businesses, day care centers and schools.

In hard-hit Missouri, the utility company Ameren said it would probably not have everyone’s lights back on until tomorrow night. As of yesterday afternoon, about 312,000 homes and businesses still had no electricity.

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