Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Northeast Braces For Impact Of Third Major Winter Storm This Month

Northeast Braces For Impact Of Third Major Winter Storm This Month

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 coastal MA, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens of thousands.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for New Hampshire from midnight Monday through 8 a.m. Wednesday with up to 14 inches of snow expected.

The National Weather Service's Boston office is forecasting 8 to 18 inches for parts of CT through western MA and up to 18 inches for Rhode Island.

By the time the snow storm stopped, 42.9 inches had fallen in Syracuse, breaking the record set by the Blizzard of 1966.

Near blizzard conditions are possible in Rhode Island, and snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are likely, especially during the Tuesday morning commute, which the Weather Service predicted would be "very hard to impossible".

The National Weather Service reports Sunday that a southern storm is expected to make its way up the coast causing more snowfall. Last week, a nor'easter slammed into the East Coast on the heels of an earlier powerful storm that killed at least eight people and knocked out power for 2.7 million.

By late Thursday afternoon, the system is forecast to strengthen rapidly and dump heavy snow on the coastal New England. "Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour or locally higher are possible Tuesday morning along the MA coast and nearby islands", The Weather Channel reports. Forecasters warned of blizzard conditions, where high winds make travel unsafe, from coastal MA through Maine.

"The snow is beginning to overspread the area and pick up in intensity", it said in a Twitter message."Conditions will continue to deteriorate through the early morning".

By 8:15 p.m., the roof and one wall collapsed under the weight of the heavy, wet snow.

The flooding that plagued the region during a January 4 storm and the March 2 storm is not expected to be as big a problem. "Tree branches could fall due to strong winds".

"Winter took its time getting here, but it looks like it's going to be hanging around for a while yet", Root said. Residents in New Jersey and New York City's northern suburbs were the worst hit, while the third nor'easter took aim at coastal CT and the shores of Long Island. Bangor got 82.6 inches of snow from November 2016 through April 2017, but so far this winter has gotten 87 inches. The Portland International Jetport has had 75.5 inches (1.9 meters) of snow, far above the normal for the date of 51.8 inches (1.3 meters).

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