Latest nor’easter starts to slam storm-battered Northeast

BOSTON (AP) – The third major nor’easter in two weeks started to slam the storm-battered Northeast yesterday morning with blizzard conditions expected in some areas.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of the Massachusetts coast, a winter storm warning for most of New England and a winter weather advisory for portions of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“Three nor’easters in less than 2 weeks isn’t easy on anyone – and we are extremely grateful for the hard work of our first responders, utility and road crews, and municipal officials who have been working nonstop to clean up after these powerful storms,” Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wrote on Twitter Monday night.

The storm was expected to last through most of the day yesterday, disrupting road and air travel.

The flight-tracking site FlightAware already is reporting more than 1,300 cancelled flights within, into or out of the US yesterday. Amtrak suspended service from Boston to New York’s Penn Station until 11 am.

A woman views flooding near her home in Duxbury. – AP

While the first two storms of the month brought coastal flooding and hundreds of thousands of power outages, this one is expected to be different.

“This one’s main impact is going to be snow,” said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Massachusetts.

More power outages are possible, but they are not expected to be as widespread as last week. Only minor coastal flooding is predicted.

The blizzard warning means sustained winds of greater than 35 mph (56 kph), along with visibility of less than a quarter mile for prolonged periods, according to the weather service. Wind gusts as high as 65 mph (104 kph) are forecast in coastal areas.

Boston and eastern Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island, could get a foot and a half of snow, with less to the west of the city. Schools across the region announced they would be closed yesterday including in Boston and Providence.