Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Latest nor'easter reaches blizzard conditions

Latest nor'easter reaches blizzard conditions

Much of ME shut down Tuesday afternoon as the third nor'easter to hit New England this month left the state under several inches of snow.

This week's storm was the most significant for southern New England, where nearly 30 inches of snow fell in MA.

"A strong ocean storm centered southeast of Cape Cod will drift north into the Canadian Maritimes by early Wednesday", forecasters in the weather service's Gray office wrote in a storm warning updated Tuesday afternoon.

Gabby DiGiacomo, of Whitefield, Maine, slides down Congress Street in Portland, Maine, on a saucer during the latest winter storm, Tuesday, March 13.

The blizzard warning means sustained winds of greater than 35 miles per hour along with visibility of less than a quarter mile for prolonged periods, according to the weather service.

Maine, Rhode Island and CT are also dealing with outages in the storm's wake.

"We are freezing", the 39-year-old said.

About 1,550 flights were canceled Tuesday, a lot of them scheduled to come to or from Boston Logan International Airport, according to FlightAware.

New York City and Philadelphia were spared from the snow, as NWS reported 0 inch for those cities.

More than 35,000 residents from Kentucky to North Carolina and up through ME were without power on Tuesday morning. Amtrak said it would restore most service between Boston and New York City on Wednesday.

In East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Rev. Bernard Healey said he celebrated noon Mass with "two hearty souls" during the storm.

The officer behind the wheel drives up to the fallen tree to show it stretching across Bournedale Road. "It'll hit New England the hardest". NWS forecasters said snow would fall in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and NY through Wednesday.

Although the latest storm is not expected to bring as many power outages as a nor'easter last week because the snow is lighter, more than 150,000 customers in MA were without power Tuesday morning. In the hours before nightfall, snow could fall as fast as 2 inches per hour, Nouhan said.

In New Hampshire, where as much as 14 inches of snow was forecast, the storm was wreaking havoc with the age-old town meeting tradition. Valley snowfall amounts will vary greatly, but could range from an inch or two in the lower valley to a half a foot to a foot or more on the western foothills. State law requires at least 180 classroom days.

Eric Lehman of Bangor clears snow from his vehicle as he was getting ready to leave his house to help out a friend.

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