Three-peat: Another major winter storm batters the Northeast

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With spring tantalisingly in their grasp, many residents were left shaking their heads - and wielding shovels they had hoped would not be needed again - after the third major storm in two weeks buried some towns beneath two feet of snow on Tuesday.

Joe Rotella ducked into a train station as he tried to find his way to a hotel that's hosting a convention where he's speaking.

The service's Taunton, Massachusetts, office said on Twitter late Tuesday morning that automated observing sites in Hyannis, Falmouth, and Plymouth recorded three consecutive hours of blizzard conditions despite some missing observations due to a power loss.

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. Amtrak said it would restore most service between Boston and New York City on Wednesday.

The storm closed schools and businesses across Rhode Island, knocked out power and made driving treacherous. Foster, Rhode Island, got more than 25 inches (63 centimeters), while in Connecticut, Killingly had just over 20 inches (50 centimeters).

This is the fifth significant nor'easter for the Northeast US this year, which makes a lot of big storms for one winter.

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"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. "Another coastal storm may impact the region sometime next late Tuesday or Tuesday night", the Weather Service said in its forecast discussion.

Walsh says, "We'll play it by ear and see as we go through the next few days". "We would just use more candles". "It is entirely possible that we could get to 2 feet in this storm in some spots; it's also possible nobody hits 18 inches", he said.

A fierce storm has lashed the north-east in the United States, with widespread power outages amid the hurricane-force winds and heavy snow.

ME braced for a hard hit. The Portland International Jetport has had 75.5 inches of snow, far above the normal for the date of 51.8 inches.

ME was bracing for 12 to 18 inches of snow, said James Brown, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some", said Paul Knight, of Portland, Maine, as snow accumulated on his eyebrows.

Boston experienced blizzard conditions Tuesday, with officials estimating almost 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine.