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'Whiteout': Third brutal winter storm blasts New England

14 March 2018, 09:22 | Erica Roy

New England Gears Up for March's Third Major Winter Storm

A snowplow navigates Copley Square this morning Tuesday

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.

Snowfall rates reached 3 inches per hour at times and, combined with strong sustained winds, led to whiteout conditions.

Walsh says, "We'll play it by ear and see as we go through the next few days". Amtrak said it would also cancel some trains running from NY to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Snow fell in New York City this morning but it's already come to an end.

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

Blizzard warnings had been issued for much of the region and more than 45 million people had been under some kind of a weather warning or advisory in the Northeast Tuesday.

Eastern Long Island is braced for the brunt of the latest storm in the New York City metropolitan area.

Up to 18 inches of snow is expected to fall in Boston, according to the weather service, with higher amounts around the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Newsday says road conditions deteriorated quickly before sunrise Tuesday as wet, heavy snow accumulated in the Town of Brookhaven.

FOOD RUN Shoppers stock up at the Market Basket in Chelsea yesterday before the coming storm
Credit Nicolaus Czarnecki FOOD RUN Shoppers stock up at the Market Basket in Chelsea yesterday before the coming storm

Forecasters say Long Island's East End could get 8 to 12 inches of snow with poor visibility at times and wind gusts at 30 to 45 miles per hour.

Utility companies said they would have extra crews out on Wednesday to restore power to those still without it.

The storm closed schools and businesses across Rhode Island, knocked out power and made driving treacherous.

While snowfall was negligible on much of Cape Cod during the early hours of the latest storm to hit the Northeast, forecasters said the nor'easter could dump as much as 2 feet. Some nor'easters carry hurricane-force winds.

A nor'easter that could bring blizzard conditions and almost 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England has started to intensify.

The area was hit hard by the last two storms, with massive coastal erosion and hundreds of toppled trees.

Yet another nor'easter began dumping snow across the NY area Tuesday morning, with the storm expected to last into the early evening. A number of courts and local government offices also closed Tuesday. Majority lost their service during the storm, but some haven't had power since the first destructive nor'easter roared in March 2. This storm significantly reduced visibility to almost the entire coast of MA. Meanwhile, the storm has been disrupting road and air travel.

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

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