HARTFORD, Conn. — Tens of thousands in the chilly Northeast remained without power today, eight days after a rare October snowstorm knocked much of the region into the dark.

Many marked another day without lights or heat, lingering at shopping malls, hitting the movies or bunking at friends’ homes as they faced the possibility of a new week without power.

In hardest hit Connecticut, more than 104,000 customers were still in the dark. Connecticut Light & Power, the state’s largest utility, held to its goal of restoring electricity to 99 percent of its customers by midnight.

New Jersey and Massachusetts each had about 4,000 people still waiting for the lights to come back on.

Elsewhere, companies in Maine and New Hampshire said customers affected by last weekend’s storm were back on line.