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Cities Brace For Power Outages As Another Nor'easter Hits US

08 March 2018

Intense bands of snow whipped parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, threatening unsafe driving conditions and more power outages as the second nor'easter in a week crept up the storm-weary East Coast. Forecasts are predicting a second major winter storm in less than a week to hit the Northeast United States.

You might have forgotten but, March 13-14 a year ago gave New Jersey 6 to 9 inches of snow in Central Jersey and up to 20 inches in North Jersey.

Heavy snow possible. Travel will be very hard to impossible, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Hundreds of flights were canceled ahead of the storm and railroads announced service changes.

"Latest forecast model guidance suggest a storm track that will lower snow amounts inside [Interstate] 495 and the [southeastern/northeastern] coastal plain, " forecasters wrote Tuesday afternoon, urging people to stay tuned.

The bulk of wind and wintry precipitation will move through during the day on Wednesday. Another heavy band of precipitation is approaching the CT coast at this time.

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The snow snapped tree limbs and downed power lines across much of central NY, causing travel emergencies and travel bans in Oneida and Madison counties. Breezy, with an east wind 13 to 18 miles per hour increasing to 19 to 24 miles per hour in the afternoon.

Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, says the heaviest snowfall is expected in the southern part of the state. The fierce winds - along with the icy roads and drifting snow - made safe travel nearly impossible along this stretch of I-90 and on many other highways in the state.

New York City public schools are open Wednesday. A 215-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in southeastern South Dakota remains closed.

In New Rochelle, New York, homeowner Com Crocker said there were downed power lines in his yard and a massive tree had fallen on the front of his auto. "It needs to come down hard to accumulate well", Horst said.

Garcia said 693 snowplows are ready to go at the "first signs of snowflakes", and another 1,600 snowplows can be deployed if needed.

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The Amtrak passenger train service canceled some Wednesday trains between Washington and Boston, as well as some services in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast.

The storm is also causing travel issues.

"Travel will be very hard to impossible, including during the evening commute on Wednesday".

The highest snowfall totals are expected across eastern Pennsylvania, northwest New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and Catskills, northwest CT, western MA and northern New England all the way to Maine.

More than 2,000 flights across the region - 1,700 in the NY metro area alone - were canceled, and that number was expected to climb as conditions deteriorated.

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Cities Brace For Power Outages As Another Nor'easter Hits US