Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Power Outages In Massachusetts As Nor'Easter 3 Hits

Power Outages In Massachusetts As Nor'Easter 3 Hits

The storm will stretch into parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York state and most of New England.

Officials say public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, also will be closed on Tuesday.

More power outages are possible.

The Delmarva region is expected to be spared the worst of the storm, which is heading up the coast into New England. "Generally 35 to 45 miles per hour".

"It is going to be a plowable event", said Bill Simpson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Service forecasters are warning that flooding and damaging and gale-force winds are also expected with the storm. About an inch of accumulation is expected, though some areas could see a little more. "They could deposit a quick one half to 1 inch of snow, making stretches of pavement suddenly very slippery as temperatures briefly fall to near freezing in the squalls".

Between 12 and 17 inches may hit Boston and eastern MA.

A National Weather Service winter storm warning is in effect until 6 Suffolk County and 4 Nassau County.

The "bulk of the "steady/heavy snow" will probably end by early Tuesday evening, but scattered snow showers could linger into Wednesday, the Weather Service said". Bombogenesis is caused when plunging barometric pressure deeply intensifies a storm.

In a weather briefing about the approaching storm, the NWS office at Mount Holly, N.J., noted that there "is still some uncertainty in the track of the storm system".

What is a bomb cyclone? "However, disruptive snow will first streak across the southern Appalachians and southern mid-Atlantic".

More than a foot of snow is expected in parts of CT, where Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging people to "take it slow and remember their winter weather driving skills".

Although the latest storm was not expected to bring as many power outages as a nor'easter last week, about 12,000 customers in MA lost power Tuesday morning.

At the Yotel hotel in Boston's Seaport neighborhood, guests were busy rescheduling their flights over breakfast or, in the case of 80-year-old Roy Zaloom of Ramsey, New Jersey, preparing for a morning drive back home with his family.

By late Thursday afternoon, the system is forecast to strengthen rapidly and dump heavy snow on the coastal New England.

The Northeast may see its third nor'easter in less than two weeks as winter storm warnings have been issued from Tennessee to North Carolina to Maine.

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