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Storm blasts winter-weary Northeast; thousands lose power

  • A person walks dogs on Marginal Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Boston finds itself in the bullseye of the third nor'easter in two weeks. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Snow accumulates on Paul Knight's eyebrows as he walks during a nor'easter, Tuesday, March, 13, 2018, in Portland, Maine. "It's typical March weather, we're not out of winter yet, that's for sure." he said. "The groundhog was right, six more weeks of winter and probably then some..." (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • A vehicle drives through snow on Bent Mountain Road near Snake Drive in Copper Hill, Floyd County, Va., Monday, March 12, 2018. (Erica Yoon /The Roanoke Times via AP) ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times

  • Back Creek is seen off Old Mill Road in Roanoke, Va., surrounded by snow covered trees Monday, March 12, 2018. (Erica Yoon /The Roanoke Times via AP) ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times

  • A man cleans the snow off a vehicle as another winter storm continues to dump more snow throughout the area in Hazleton, Pa., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 The third major nor'easter in two weeks is starting to slam the storm-battered Northeast with more snow and high winds expected in some areas. (Ellen F. O'Connell/Hazelton Standard-Speaker via AP) Ellen F. O'Connell

  • A resident cleans the snow off a vehicle as another winter storm continues to dump more snow throughout the area in Hazleton, Pa., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 The third major nor'easter in two weeks is starting to slam the storm-battered Northeast with more snow and high winds expected in some areas. (Ellen F. O'Connell/Hazelton Standard-Speaker via AP) Ellen F. O'Connell

  • Snow covers buds on a tree in Boston, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Boston finds itself in the bullseye of the third nor'easter in two weeks. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • A letter carrier delivers mail during a winter storm in Chester, N.H., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The nor'easter is expected to deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England, bringing blizzard conditions to parts of coastal Massachusetts and covering highways with snow. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • A front end loader clears the pier at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in Boston on Tuesday. Boston finds itself in the bullseye of the third nor’easter in two weeks, with forecasters warning of up to 18 inches of snow and 2 feet or more in southern parts of New England. AP

  • Gray Harrington clears snow from a dock at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in Boston, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Boston finds itself in the bullseye of the third nor'easter in two weeks, with forecasters warning of up to 18 inches of snow and 2 feet or more to the south. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Bicycles are chained to a railing are covered with snow at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in Boston, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • A couple walks on Marginal Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Workers remove a fallen tree from a road and repair power lines during a winter storm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Norwell, Mass. A nor'easter that could deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas socked New England on Tuesday, bringing blizzard conditions to parts of Massachusetts, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • A Worker repairs power lines during a winter storm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Norwell, Mass. A nor'easter that could deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas socked New England on Tuesday, bringing blizzard conditions to parts of Massachusetts, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Workers remove a fallen tree from a road and repair power lines during a winter storm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Norwell, Mass. The nor'easter is expected to deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne



Associated Press
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A nor’easter that could deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas socked New England on Tuesday, bringing blizzard conditions to coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island, blanketing highways with fluffy snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands of utility customers.

Meteorologists confirmed blizzards in Newport, R.I., Boston and other parts of Massachusetts. Blizzard warnings were issued for Maine and New Hampshire.

The rest of New England was under winter storm warnings, while winter weather advisories were issued for most of New York and parts of New Jersey, West Virginia and North Carolina.

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 Massachusetts were without power Tuesday morning.

Janice James’s Osterville house on Cape Cod was in the dark again after losing power for three days in the last storm. James and her four children spent Tuesday eating baked goods she made before the storm and hoping the lights and heat come back soon.

“We are freezing,” James, 39, said.

The Boston-area public transit system operated on a limited weekday basis. Usually-packed subway trains were nearly empty as many workers stayed home and schools closed.

Joe Rotella ducked into a train station as he tried to find his way to a hotel that’s hosting a convention where he’s speaking. Organizers were scrambling to establish video links to speakers whose planes were delayed or canceled, said Rotella, chief medical officer with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

“As a visitor to Boston, I’ve been looking forward to this for months, and this is kind of an adventure for me,” the Louisville, Ky., man said. “I didn’t have to go through the last two nor’easters so this still feels like fun.”

The storm was expected to last through most of Tuesday, disrupting road and air travel. The flight-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 1,500 canceled flights on Tuesday.

Miami residents Ashley Pozo, 21, and Ray Milo, 25, who we visiting friends in Boston, were stuck at the airport after their Tuesday flight was canceled. Rather than risk getting stranded in the city, they plan to stay another night in the airport, sleeping on chairs, watching Netflix and munching on supplies they picked up from a CVS drug store.

Amtrak suspended all service Tuesday between Boston to New York City.

Eastern Long Island felt the brunt of the storm in the New York City area. Newsday reported that the storm knocked out power to more than 6,000 homes and businesses on Long Island, and forecasters said the island’s East End could get up to a foot of snow.

Boston and eastern Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island, could get a foot and a half of snow, with less to the west of the city.

In East Greenwich, R.I., Rev. Bernard Healey said he celebrated noon Mass with “two hearty souls” during the storm.

“If I lost power, we’d (still) celebrate Mass,” Healey said. “We would just use more candles.”

In New Hampshire, as much as 14 inches of snow is forecast, and the storm is disrupting the age-old town meeting tradition. More than a foot of snow was expected in parts of Connecticut.

Maine braced for a hard hit. The Portland International Jetport has had 75.5 inches of snow, far above the normal for the date of 51.8 inches. Another 12 to 18 inches is expected, said James Brown, of the National Weather Service.

“We’re not out of winter yet, that’s for sure,” Paul Knight, of Portland, said as snow accumulated on his eyebrows during a stroll. “The groundhog was right. Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some.”