More snow, frigid temps take aim at Northeast

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A person walks by a snow covered area outside of the Somerset County Superior Court, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Somerville, N.J. A mix of snow and rain covered the northern New Jersey region with a storm that moved in early in the day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — 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 northeastward. Parts of Maine could see upward of 9 inches by the time it pushed off the coast Wednesday afternoon, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Hawley in Gray, Maine.

Most of the region will 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 commute home Tuesday evening and police reported cars sliding off snow-covered roads. Airports reported delays of an hour to more than 2 1/2 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 minus-27 in Berlin, N.H., and Saranac Lake, N.Y., — and 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. 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 sub-zero 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.

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.


Associated Press Writer David Sharp in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.