Widespread power outages reported as feet of snow fall in the Northeast

More than 20 inches of snow was recorded in Rutland County, Vermont, by 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

The weather service had warned Tuesday afternoon that 6 to 12 more inches of snow was possible into Wednesday. Forecasters in Boston said another 1 to 3 inches was possible overnight into Wednesday.

More than 240,000 customers were without power in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine as of early Wednesday, according to the tracking website PowerOutage.us. The utility National Grid said heavy, wet snow and winds caused widespread damage to its systems.

More than 700 flights into or out of LaGuardia Airport in New York, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Logan International Airport in Boston were canceled Tuesday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

In Derry, New Hampshire, where around a foot of snow fell, a child was trapped by a falling tree, the fire department said. Firefighters and police officers used chain saws and their bare hands to free the child, who was taken to a hospital and had minor injuries, the department said.

"Please stay off the roads if possible," New Hampshire State Police tweeted Tuesday, warning of whiteout conditions. There were more than 120 crashes and vehicles off the road from 5 a.m. to noon, it said.

In California, more than 230,000 homes and businesses were without power late Tuesday local time as an "atmospheric river" continued to affect the state, according to PowerOutage.us and the weather service.

More than 800,000 people in the western U.S. were under flood warnings late Tuesday, the weather service said.