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Winter administered a fresh whipping to parts of the Northeast overnight, as a new storm brought more snow and high winds to the region.
The latest blast came as residents were still digging out from a major storm that caused at least 25 deaths, and at its height, left hundreds of thousands without power on the East Coast and in the South.
New England was absorbing the worst of the weekend storm, which was moving in Saturday evening. Up to 12 inches of snow fell in eastern Massachusetts, and parts of Maine and Rhode Island overnight, Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Swaim said.
New York City and Boston, which both saw flurries overnight, were waking up to lower than average temperatures: Upper 20s in Beantown and lower 30s in the Big Apple.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Saturday warned drivers to stay off the roads for a 12-hour period beginning at 5 p.m., saying, “It won’t be possible to keep up with the clearing of the roads.”
The newest storm spawned blizzard conditions in several places along the Massachusetts coastline, including Cape Ann, Hingham, Cape Cod and surrounding islands.
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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the city would deploy more than 600 snow plows, trucks and other equipment by Saturday evening to deal with the storm. He said additional police officers, firefighters and paramedics would be on hand throughout the storm to ensure public safety.
Southeastern New Hampshire is under a winter storm warning through Sunday that could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow. The weather service said 1 to 2 inches of snow were possible on Saturday with as much as 8 inches overnight.
Further south, New York City New York City’s Central Park received 1 1/2 inches of new snow after getting nearly a foot of snow Thursday.
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Good Samaritans help push a stranded motorist stuck in deep snow on Stefko Boulevard Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Bethlehem, Pa. A wide swath of Pennsylvania awoke Thursday to a fresh coating of snow and a forecast for much more to come over the course of the day. (AP Photo/Chris Post)
BOSTON (AP) — Another winter storm began hitting southern New England on Saturday afternoon and meteorologists said the region will experience heavy snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions near the Massachusetts coast before the storm clears out on Sunday.
The National Weather Service said Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island will bear the brunt of the storm, with 10 to 14 inches of snow.
“Connecticut will see heaviest snowfall amounts near the Rhode Island border, with lesser amounts as you head further west,” meteorologist William Babcock said. “So there might be 8 to 10 inches right along the Rhode Island border, maybe 4 to 6 around Willimantic and 2 to 4 around Hartford.”
At its peak, the storm will dump snow at the rate of up to 3 inches per hour, Babcock said.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick urged drivers to stay off the roads from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, and said “it won’t be possible to keep up with the clearing of the roads” during the storm.
The storm is expected to spawn blizzard conditions in several spots along the eastern Massachusetts coastline, including Cape Ann, Hingham, Cape Cod and surrounding islands.
“These areas could be seeing winds reaching up to 70mph, blowing snow and creating extremely poor visibility,” Babcock said. “People should be preparing for deteriorating conditions … People should be ready to stay off the roads and the good thing is a lot of this will be at night, when people are normally off the roads.”
The Rhode Island coast areas north and northwest of Boston will experience winds of up to 45mph that will blow the snow and create chilly conditions.