North America awaits to celebrates Coldest New Year. 170,000 without power in U.S. Midwest, Northeast and Canada

Dispatch from North America: In Maine, roughly 33,000 customers were still without power heading into Thursday. Some customers continued to lose power even as others regained it, with falling tree branches causing outages in parts of the state. Complicating matters is the expectation that another two to six inches of snow could fall during Thursday.

Michigan, however, was hit even harder. Although customers are gradually regaining electricity, USA Today reported there are still about 128,000 people waiting for their power to be restored, down from almost half a million earlier in the week. According to DTE Energy, the company has more than 1,500 workers out in the field clearing branches off power lines and restoring power.