A nor'easter that could bring blizzard conditions and nearly 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England has started to intensify. What began as a wet, slushy, wind-driven rain in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday turned into snow that quickly covered roads and made driving treacherous. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Although the latest storm was not expected to bring as many power outages as a nor'easter last week, about 12,000 customers in Massachusetts lost power Tuesday morning. Communities across the region closed schools for the day and issued on-street parking bans. The Boston-area public transit system said it would operate on a limited weekday basis and encouraged people to check schedules before heading out.
While snowfall was negligible on much of Cape Cod during the early hours of the latest storm to hit the Northeast, forecasters said the nor'easter could dump as much as 2 feet. There was barely enough snow early Tuesday to coat lawns and sand beaches, yet winds near hurricane force were lashing the peninsula. The National Weather Service says gusts exceeding 50 mph were recorded off Cape Cod Bay in Bourne early Tuesday. The area was hit hard by the last two storms, with massive coastal erosion and hundreds of toppled trees. The weather service issued a blizzard warning for much of the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Eastern Long Island is braced for the brunt of the latest storm in the New York City metropolitan area. Newsday says road conditions deteriorated quickly before sunrise Tuesday as wet, heavy snow accumulated in the Town of Brookhaven. A National Weather Service winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. in Suffolk County and 4 p.m. in Nassau County. Forecasters say Long Island's East End could get 8 to 12 inches of snow with poor visibility at times and wind gusts at 30 to 45 mph. PSEG Long Island says about 1,200 customers lost power overnight, but electricity was restored for most by early Tuesday. Spokeswoman Brooke Houston says the utility has brought in 112 linemen from Quebec to supplement hundreds of employees. The Long Island Rail Road was reporting only minor weather-related delays during the morning rush. Dozens of Long Island schools were closed Tuesday.