New England hit with another winter blast

8:25 PM, Feb 16, 2014   |    comments
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BOSTON (AP) - The latest blast of snow to hit New England dumped more than a foot in part of Massachusetts and packed heavy winds that left thousands without power Sunday on Cape Cod.

Coastal areas in Maine and south of Boston appeared to get the worst of the storm overnight. In Massachusetts, 15 inches of snow was reported in Sandwich and 10 inches was reported in New Bedford and Plymouth.

In Maine, 17 inches was reported in Hancock, and 16.7 in Eastport, in the easternmost city in the U.S. The Department of Transportation said it deployed 375 trucks statewide at the height of the storm Saturday night.

Wind gusts of more than 50 mph were reported Saturday night on Cape Cod, where utility NStar said about 3,200 customers were without power on Sunday, down by more than half from earlier in the day.

Toronto has called an extreme cold weather alert as the temperature was expected to drop to minus-5 on Sunday night. The alert, in effect until further notice, was called to trigger additional services for the homeless. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in parts of Newfoundland were warning residents only to venture out in emergencies because of whiteout driving conditions.

The weekend snowstorm comes on the heels of an earlier storm that blanketed the East Coast with snow and ice, caused at least 25 deaths and left hundreds of thousands without power.

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