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Snowstorm pounds US Northeast
March 09, 2018
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NEW YORK: The second winter storm in a week continued to dump wet, heavy snow on New England on Thursday, forcing schools to close, leaving more than 1 million customers without power and snarling the morning commute across the region.

More snow and fierce wind gusts of up to 88kph were expected from eastern New York through northern Maine on Thursday after the storm slammed the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Up to 18 inches were possible in northern New England.

Boston public schools along with dozens of schools throughout New England cancelled classes on Thursday as local officials and forecasters warned of whiteout conditions and slick roads.

Amtrak suspended passenger train services between New York City and Boston until at least 11am EST and cancelled dozens of other routes on Thursday.

New York City’s Metro-North commuter railroad suspended service on lines connecting the city to its northern suburbs and Connecticut because of downed trees. It was not immediately known when service would be restored.

Thousands of flights across the region were cancelled.

It was not much better on the ground.

Members of the Northeastern University women’s basketball team pushed their bus back on course after it was stuck in the snow outside a practice facility in Philadelphia.

The Huskies were in the city to compete in the 2018 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The team posted a video of the feat on its Twitter account.

New York City residents woke to blue skies on Thursday with melting streaks of sidewalk slush the only reminder of the previous day’s bad weather.

But many commuters traveling to the city from New Jersey were foiled.

Fordham Law School Professor Robin Lenhardt, 50, was climbing the hill home from the Maplewood train station after learning that some New Jersey Transit services were suspended due to overhead wire problems. She said she would instead teach her class remotely.

“It was a little bizarre to walk into the station with lots of people with fancy phones that could connect with the internet and nothing was said about trains suspended,” Lenhardt said.

Nearly 200 flights into and out of Boston Logan International airport were canceled.

The dense snow and strong winds downed trees and power lines on Wednesday, knocking power out in more than a million homes and homes and businesses across the Northeast, utility companies said. In Massachusetts alone more than 280,000 customers were without power.

Last week’s storm brought major coastal flooding to Massachusetts, killed at least nine people and knocked out power to about 2.4 million homes and businesses in the Northeast.

Montville, New Jersey, got more than 70cm from Wednesday’s nor’easter.

North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 68cm, and Sloatsburg, New York, got 72cm. Major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less. Philadelphia International Airport recorded about 18cm, while New York City’s Central Park saw less than 8cm.

“It’s kind of awful,” said New York University student Alessa Raiford, who put two layers of clothing on a pug named Jengo before taking him for a walk in slushy, sloppy Manhattan, where rain gave way to wet snow in the afternoon. “I’d rather that it be full-on snowing than rain and slush. It just makes it difficult.”

Massachusetts was hardest hit by outages, with more than 300,000 without service early Thursday. In New Jersey, the state’s major utilities reported more than 247,000,000 customers without power a day after the storm.

In Worcester, Massachusetts, public works crews late Wednesday had a hard time keeping up with the snow.

“It’s heavy. Well, it was so warm earlier that it just melted when it hit the ground and now it’s heavy,” said Jesse Nadeau. “It’s the heaviest part of the storm right now for the next couple of hours. Heavy and wet.”

Agencies

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