Storm plas­ters win­ter-weary North­east; thou­sands lose power

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world - By Alanna Durkin Richer

BOS­TON — The third pow­er­ful nor’easter in two weeks slammed the North­east on Tues­day, bring­ing bliz­zard con­di­tions and more than a foot of snow to some com­mu­ni­ties and knock­ing out power to tens of thou­sands of homes and busi­nesses.

High winds and blow­ing snow led me­te­o­rol­o­gists to cat­e­go­rize the storm as a bliz­zard in parts of New Eng­land, in­clud­ing Bos­ton. By af­ter­noon, power out­ages climbed to more than 250,000 just in Mas­sachusetts, Rhode Is­land and Con­necti­cut.

“We’re not out of win­ter yet, that’s for sure,” Paul Knight, of Port­land, said as snow ac­cu­mu­lated on his eye­brows dur­ing a stroll. “The ground­hog was right. Six more weeks of win­ter, and prob­a­bly then some.”

Bos­ton’s usu­ally-packed sub­way trains were nearly empty as many work­ers stayed home and schools closed. Am­trak sus­pended all ser­vice Tues­day be­tween Bos­ton to New York City.

The storm was ex­pected to last through most of Tues­day, dis­rupt­ing road and air travel. The flight-track­ing site FlightAware re­ported more than 1,500 can­celed flights on Tues­day. At Bos­ton’s Lo­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the ter­mi­nals were mostly empty with air­port work­ers and the clean­ing crew out­num­ber­ing pas­sen­gers.

More than a foot of snow was re­ported in parts of Mas­sachusetts, New Hamp­shire, Maine, Con­necti­cut and Rhode Is­land on Tues­day af­ter­noon with the storm ex­pected to con­tinue dump­ing snow for sev­eral more hours.

Some ar­eas could get more than 2 feet, me­te­o­rol­o­gists said.

Not ev­ery­one com­plained. An­drew Gesler, who was walk­ing in Port­land with his son in a stroller and his dog along­side, said he was happy to see another big storm.

“I think it may be one of the last ones so I’m out here ap­pre­ci­at­ing it,” Gesler said. “I love the white stuff, al­ways had ever since I was a kid.”


Ja­cob Ca­ban digs out his car along a street in New Bed­ford, Mass.

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