US Northeast braces for blizzards, power outages amid storm warnings

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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 weather service also issued a winter storm warning for northern Connecticut, Rhode Island and much of MA from late Monday night until Tuesday night.

Widespread snow across the region is expected, according to the National Weather Service, with accumulations between 7-14 inches in New Hampshire depending on where you live - and up to 18 inches for those living in coastal areas.

Now Monroe County is under a winter weather advisory as the National Weather Service says another storm could drop up to five inches of new snow.

The blizzard warning means Tuesday's storm could bring sustained winds of greater than 35 miles per hour (56 kph), along with visibility of less than a quarter mile for prolonged periods.

A winter storm that pelted the Appalachians on Monday was poised to re-intensify and blast most of snow-weary New England with a "weather bomb" of blizzard conditions and up to 2 feet of snow.

Last Thursday, another storm dumped roughly a foot of heavy snow throughout much of the state and knocked out power to roughly 27,000 Mainers, mostly in York County. And then, the Northeast was hit by Winter Storm Quinn, which caused power outages along the East Coast in addition to downed trees.

Schools across the region announced they would be closed on Tuesday including in Boston and Providence.

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What began as a wet, slushy, wind-driven rain in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday turned into snow that quickly covered roads and made driving treacherous.

Lower tides meant the storm would probably not bring a repeat of the flooding that sent icy water pouring into the streets of Boston during a storm early this month, forecasters and officials said. But Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said under state law, town meeting elections must go on.

Boston is one of the cities likely to bear the brunt of the storm, where snowfall totals of 12 to 20 inches are predicted.

"Plan on slippery road conditions, especially untreated surfaces, including during the Tuesday morning commute", their statement said.

MA is buckling down Tuesday as the third nor'easter in less than two weeks blasts through the state.

Because spring really is nearing, with days growing longer and temperatures in the 40s on the horizon, the snow should at least melt quickly, Ms. Buttrick said.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COURTESY MAP Suffolk County and portions of southern CT are under a winter storm warning, starting Monday night.

The first in a series of Winter storms starts Tuesday.