Monday, 17 December, 2018

Snow storm slams Northeast

Pedestrians walk through Central Park during a snowstorm in New York.   REUTERS  Lucas Jackson Pedestrians walk through Central Park during a snowstorm in New York. REUTERS Lucas Jackson
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 21:32

She encouraged all Rhode Islanders to continue to stay off the roads until the storm has passed and crews from the Department of Transportation have time to clear and treat the roads to make them safe.

The National Weather Service said there were blizzard conditions near Boston as the nation's third nor'easter in two weeks pummeled the region Tuesday.

Uxbridge, Massachusetts, was the leader with almost 28 inches.

Parts of the Upper Northeast may see another 6-12 inches of snow over the next 24 hours.

Boston received an estimated foot of snowfall Monday and Tuesday.

"We are freezing", James, 39, said. The parade is scheduled for Sunday.

Public schools in Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Portland, Maine, closed Tuesday.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade, organized by the Allied War Veterans' Council of South Boston, brings between 600,000 and 1 million people to the city each year.

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It's still snowing from Upstate New York to ME, but the storm is all but done in southern New England. A weather advisory is in effect for the Thumb area, which could see as much as 5 inches of snow.

"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, Kentucky, man said.

Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway says a lot of people are upset about rescinded breaks, "but what are you going to do". But Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said under state law, town meeting elections must go on. Unlike the previous nor'easter, this storm targeted areas closer to the coast with up to two feet of snow.

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.

Rochester, New Hampshire, got 25 inches, while Limerick and Newfield, Maine had 23.5 inches each. The National Weather Service (NWS) 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.

"This storm won't be as widespread as before", said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Slick roads were blamed for at least one death in North Carolina, which got snow Monday. Crews, assisted by utilities from across the Northeast and Canada, have by now restored power to 750,000 homes and businesses in the state over the last several days, he said.

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