The second winter storm in a week hit NY and surrounding states on Wednesday, bringing heavy snow that delayed or canceled flights and snarled traffic at evening rush hour as thousands remained without power from the last nor'easter. It started winding down as it shifted its focus to New England overnight, where it'll linger for a day, unleashing a messy mix of rain and snow.
At least nine people were killed during last week's storm which battered the same region.
That storm knocked out power to about 2 million customers. Downed power lines have also sparked fires in several areas.
"Rain is changing to snow across southeastern MA and Rhode Island", it said.
Snow still was falling Thursday in places including Vermont, where storm warnings were in effect until the evening.
Cities braced themselves for the storm, after a nor'easter last week ripped through the coast.
During the height of the storm early Thursday morning, Boston Public Works deployed 600 pieces of equipment to clear city streets.
A 30cm of snow and fierce wind gusts of up to 88kmph were expected from eastern NY through northern ME on Thursday after the storm slammed the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said in several watches and warnings. It will stay the longest over eastern New England, which will see manageable light snow as late as noon.
The storm's path also held down snow totals in New York City, Carolan said.
The dense snow and strong winds downed trees and power lines on Wednesday, knocking power out in more than a million homes and homes and businesses across the Northeast, utility companies said.
By Thursday morning, there were almost 800,000 customers without power from Pennsylvania to ME, according to area power companies.
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Snowfall rates reached as much as 2 inches per hour with wind gusts up to 30 mph. While a far cry from the 90-mph gusts recorded during theweekend storm, they could impede efforts to restore power in the region.
Almost 200 flights into and out of Boston Logan International airport were canceled.
In Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage also closed state offices and encouraged residents to stay off roads "unless it is an absolute emergency".
In New York, the town of Sloatsburg topped the list of most snowfall Wednesday night, with 26 inches within 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
"This morning's commute will be the worst of it", Rich Norton, a meteorologist with the weather service in Caribou, said.
But the biggest concern is not the storm itself.
New Jersey was walloped, with some communities reporting more than 14 inches.
If you think you heard thunder as the snow was coming down, you probably did.
Mayor Marty Walsh reminded residents to take their time shoveling as the snow is heavy and to help elderly or disabled neighbors if possible.