March 23, 2018

Third nor'easter declared a blizzard in Maine

14 March 2018, 09:22 | Taylor George

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Three-peat: Another major winter storm batters the Northeast

Much of ME is expected to get between 18 and 24 inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday as the third nor'easter in less than two weeks hits New England.

Boston is dealing with a blizzard, and as conditions worsen, the number of power outages climbs.

"We have wires down in many parts of town, along with trees blocking roads", he said.

Amtrak has suspended service between Boston and New York City as heavy snow pummels New England.

The weather service posted blizzard warnings for parts of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

The weather service issued a blizzard warning for much of the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, and MA.

ME was bracing for 12 to 18 inches of snow, said James Brown, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. New Jersey, where some residents are still without power from the earlier storms, is expected to get between one and four inches. "The snow will be wet".

A National Weather Service winter storm warning is in effect until 6 Suffolk County and 4 Nassau County. In Franklin, Massachusetts, at least 23 inches of snow was reported while East Killingly, Connecticut, saw 20 inches and Kezar Falls, Maine, reported 20 inches.

PSEG Long Island says about 1,200 customers lost power overnight, but electricity was restored for most by early Tuesday.

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

Janice James' house in Osterville on Cape Cod was in the dark again after losing power for three days in the last storm.

Although the latest storm wasn't expected to knock out power to as many power customers as last week's nor'easter did, because the snow is lighter and fluffier, more than 237,000 customers in MA were without power Tuesday afternoon.

Communities across the region closed schools for the day and issued on-street parking bans. In the hours before nightfall, snow could fall as fast as 2 inches per hour, Nouhan said.

The Boston-area public transit system operated on a limited weekday basis.

Certain storms are classified as nor'easters because their strong winds typically are from the northeast, and they tend to occur most frequently and most violently between September and April along North America's East Coast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the MA coast, a winter storm warning for most of New England and a winter weather advisory for portions of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Travel will be extremely hard as the snow from the storm, dubbed Skylar by The Weather Channel, clogs roads.

Unlike recent storms, coastal flooding caused by high tides is not expected to be a major factor.

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