Winter-weary New Englanders are preparing for blizzard conditions, two feet of snow and high winds as the third major nor'easter in two weeks bears down on the Northeast.
According to the National Weather Service, some areas in CT could be covered in up to 12 inches of snow between Monday night and Tuesday morning, creating treacherous driving conditions for those headed into work.
The National Weather Service's Boston office is forecasting 8 to 18 inches of snow for parts of CT through western MA and up to 18 inches for Rhode Island. Areas under a blizzard warning were forecast to see "winds gusting as high as 55 miles per hour [that] will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow".
That total is expected to increase as snow falls this afternoon at a pace of about 1-3 inches per hour, he said. Strong wind gusts were likely to damage trees and power lines, and blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, the weather service said.
The latest storm, however, wasn't expected to pack as much of a punch locally.
By 8:45 p.m. Monday, most R.I. public, private, Catholic, vocational-technical and charter schools were closed. Tides are astronomically low this time around, but a coastal flood advisory for minor coastal flooding or splash-over was issued for Sandwich to Dennis as well as Martha's Vineyard, according to a statement from MEMA.
Travel conditions are expected to be hard Tuesday morning, as almost 44 million people are under winter weather advisory or warning.
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The storm is expected to last through most of the day Tuesday, disrupting road and air travel.
The storm is the third nor'easter to hit the East Coast during the past 10 days. High-end snow forecasts tack on several more inches of snow throughout the state, though there is only a 10 percent chance of the high-end scenario unfolding.
Ahead of the storm, Brookhaven Town officials today announced that all recreation centers, senior centers and the Brookhaven Aquatic Center in Mastic will be closed all day tomorrow, March 13.
Parts of upstate NY also are expected to get heavy snow.
By 8:15 p.m., the roof and one wall collapsed under the weight of the heavy, wet snow. Bangor got 82.6 inches of snow from November 2016 through April 2017, but so far this winter has gotten 87 inches.