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.
Wind gusts of more than 50 mph were reported Saturday night on Cape
Cod, where utility NStar (NYSE:NST) said fewer than 1,000 customers
were without power early Monday morning. Crews from Connecticut crossed
into Massachusetts to help fix the power outages after more than 13,000
customers started the morning without power.
"When they called us, they said, 'pack five days' worth of clothes," lineman Dan Buchanan told NECN-TV. "Whatever it takes."
In Maine, 17 inches of snow was reported in Hancock, and 16.7 in
Eastport, 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.
In Rhode Island, transportation officials warned drivers to expect
difficult travel conditions through the Monday morning commute, blaming
strained road salt supplies that forced them to apply only a limited
amount ahead of the storm.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said it was applying
sand for traction on roadways that were left covered with snow and ice,
but that roads were likely to refreeze Sunday night and black ice was
likely. Rhode Island received between 3 and 8 inches of snow, according
to the National Weather Service.
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.