Winter Storm

Gov. Charlie Baker is again urging people to stay off the roads even though heavy snow bands over the eastern part of the state will be ending.

Snow and dangerously high winds are roaring to New England to face an army of road crews and emergency workers who have readied themselves for the fourth winter onslaught in less than a month.

Winter-weary New England is getting more snow, likely several days of it and possibly totaling more than a foot.

Winter storm warnings were issued Saturday night for much of New England, central New York and the western Catskills. The biggest concern is southern New England, which is still digging out from recent powerful storms that dumped record-high snowfall totals in some places.

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With heavy snow expected, utility crews across northern New York and parts of Vermont are getting ready for what could be hours of repair and restoration work. With a series of severe weather events in recent years, power providers across the region have updated their plans to get ready for and respond to weather, and in some cases, man-made disasters. The New York Power Authority CEO, Gil Quiniones, spoke to WAMC about those changes. He says after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, the Power Authority came up with 26 recommendations to improve communications during storms as part of its Lessons Learned Project.

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Schools are closed and state offices in Vermont delayed the start of the work day today. But the snowstorm that rampaged up the Atlantic coast is being met with typical New England pragmatism in Vermont and New York.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is helping out cities and towns facing a shortage of road salt due to the series of storms that have hit the state.

So far, 22 municipalities have informed the state they need helping acquiring more salt.

In what seems to have become a weekly theme this winter, New York and New England are being slammed by another snowstorm today.

After making its way through the southeastern United States, a winter storm is expected to drop a foot and even up to 18 inches of snow on parts of eastern New York and New England.

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On an 11am conference call with the media,  Governor didn't give the "all clear" just yet, but he did say "Mother nature has moved on somewhat" and the snowfall is pretty much over across the state.  He said his decision to close roadways between midnight and 5 am turned out to be the right call - there were  weather-related fatalities -  Authorities say a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease has frozen to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

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An already busy winter weather season continues in New York and New England.

A winter storm warning is in effect as up to a foot of snow is expected through Friday morning for the Capital Region, Vermont and western Massachusetts. Luigi Meccariello is a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Albany office.