December 17, 2013

Snow gives an encore in Maine as deep freeze lingers

An intense snow band hits southern Maine, reducing visibility to near-zero.

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An employee uses a snowblower to clear the parking lot at the Department of Health and Human Services on on Marginal Way in Portland on Tuesday, just in time for more snow that is headed for Maine.

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Ron Langway of Portland cleans snow from the sidewalks around the Nickelodeon movie theater Monday. Langway works for the management company that owns the building. More snow is expected Tuesday.

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Crews across the Northeast continued to clean up from a weekend storm.

“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!”

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’d dismiss students early, and afternoon and evening programs were canceled. There were parking bans in some communities.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he would partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday to monitor conditions ahead of the afternoon rush hour.

Snow was falling through the evening commute and blustery winds could cut down visibility, according to the weather service.

The weather forced officials to lower the speed limit to 45 mph on the New Jersey Turnpike, and on 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 the bus driver.

Hawley said the storm should end in southern New England by about 6 a.m. Wednesday and finally push off the coast of Maine by early afternoon. Once this system leaves, temperatures will gradually rise and bring rain, snow or a mix of both over the weekend.

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A Skowhegan Highway Department snowblower clears snow from the ice-covered walking bridge Tuesday. Freezing spray from the Kennebec River covered nearby tree limbs with ice.

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