More snow and icy cold grip Northeast
By RIK STEVENS
The Associated Press | December 18,2013
Commuters drive through an evening snow Tuesday in Concord, N.H. Up to 6 inches of snow was expected overnight in New England.
CONCORD, N.H. — More snow and frigid temperatures trudged into the Northeast on Tuesday even as crews continued to clean up from a weekend storm.
The latest storm made its way into New England late Tuesday morning and tracked northeast. Parts of Maine could see upward of 9 inches by the time it pushes off the coast this afternoon, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Hawley in Gray, Maine.
Most of the region was expected to see 3 to 6 inches of snow.
“My feeling is it’s wonderful,” Tony Hartigan said as he walked quickly across Main Street in Concord, N.H. He wore no hat or gloves despite the bank thermometer over his shoulder that blinked 3 degrees. “It packs the ski resorts, it’s pretty for Christmas, and I spent last week in Florida, so I didn’t see it!”
Commuters found a sluggish trip home Tuesday evening, and police reported cars sliding off snow-covered roads. Airports reported delays of an hour to more than 2½ hours because of snow and ice, according to the website FlightAware.
Before the storm’s arrival, the region woke up to frigid cold. Temperatures were below zero in many places — including unofficial reports in Vermont of minus 32 at the Island Pond airport and minus 31 in Canaan — and 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.
The lowest unofficial reading in Washington County, according to the National Weather Service in South Burlington, was 25 below in Plainfield.
Temperatures will start to rise as the weekend approaches and could hit 60 in Boston by Sunday, Hawley said.
In Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, the extreme cold temporarily shut down the bus system after subzero temperatures froze air lines that run hydraulic and steering systems.
It was so cold in Maine that power cables snapped in at least two locations, leaving about 950 homes and businesses without electricity and heat for a couple of hours in subzero temperatures.
Some school districts in Connecticut, including Waterbury, Danbury and Torrington, were closed Tuesday, while some districts in Massachusetts, including Worcester, North Andover and Framingham, said they would dismiss students early. There were parking bans in some communities.
All nonessential state workers in Massachusetts were sent home early, and State Secretary William Galvin asked private employers in the greater Boston area, which could get 4 to 8 inches of snow, to consider releasing employees early.
CBS reported that icy conditions prompted police to shut down a portion of the Long Island Expressway on Tuesday evening. The weather also forced officials to lower the speed limit to 45 mph on the New Jersey Turnpike and a section of the Garden State Parkway. United Airlines canceled flights arriving from and departing for Newark, N.J., Tuesday morning and early afternoon.
In western New York, a car crashed on a snowy road, killing the 23-year-old driver and injuring four students and a bus driver.
Associated Press Writer David Sharp in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.