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Heavy snow, dangerous winds slam New England yet again

Published:Monday | February 16, 2015 | 2:00 AM
A St. Joseph County police officer cleans up debris in the eastbound lane of the US 20 bypass near Ash Road on on the weekend, in Elkhart County, United States.

BOSTON (AP):

A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England yesterday, threatening white-out conditions in coastal areas and forcing people to contend with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month.

A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal communities from Rhode Island to Maine today and a bone-chilling blast of cold, with lows of -108 was in the Sunday night forecast in parts of the region.

With more than six feet of snow already standing in some areas from previous storms, crews struggled to keep snow-clogged roads clear as fresh snow blew in as soon as they passed.

 

More to come

 

Half a foot of snow had fallen across much of eastern Massachusetts by daybreak yesterday, with Ipswich recording 20 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Before it is all over, southern New England could get several more inches and coastal areas of New Hampshire and southern Maine could see up to 2 feet, weather forecasters said.

"The best thing people can do is stay home, stay indoors," said William Babcock, a weather service meteorologist.

Governor Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Governor Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island warned motorists to stay off the roads.

Baker said yesterday morning that high tide was not as severe as anticipated, with no reports of major flooding, but warned that winds gusting over 60 mph could bring power outages.

"There's a little bit of deja vu all over again in this," he said.