Winter Storm

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With the travel ban lifted on New York City and its suburbs, Governor Andrew Cuomo is still urging caution on the roads.

The Vermont Health Department is reminding people to take care when they're outside during the winter cold.

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New York's governor says a travel ban instituted during a massive snowstorm has been lifted.

As a massive winter storm migrates north, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is advising those in areas affected by the storm to stay off the roads.

Tens of millions of residents from northern Georgia to New Jersey have shuttered themselves inside to wait out a mammoth storm that has made travel treacherous and could dump up to 2 feet of snow in some areas.

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.

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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.

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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.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning travelers to be wary of the winter storms passing through the region, and that the weather could be severe enough to close roads.

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Ice is building up on trees and bringing down power lines in northern New England, leaving thousands of homes and business in Vermont and Maine without electricity.

Vtoutages.org lists more than 16,000 outages, most across northern Vermont. In Maine, Bangor Hydro Electric reported about 11,500 outages Sunday morning, mostly along the coast, and Central Maine Power was working to restore power to about 450 customers, most of them in York County.

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A winter storm is coating parts of northern New York and Vermont with an inch or more of ice, causing power outages and making travel extremely hazardous.

More than 10,000 customers are without power in upstate New York as the storm is forecast to linger into Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service says more than an inch of ice has been reported in parts of St Lawrence County, N.Y. Signification accumulations are expected through midday Sunday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an ice storm emergency for northern and western parts of the state.

Another shot of wintry weather is heading for the Northeast, with a foot or more of snow possible in New England.

The snow and ice storm is expected to slow weekend travel by air, rail and highway and has utilities and airports on alert.

The National Weather Service says 6 to 12 inches of snow are expected from Saturday to Sunday in New England. Up to 14 inches are possible along the Maine coast but as little as 2 inches on Cape Cod. Areas north and west of New York City and interior Pennsylvania also could get 8 inches or more.

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A Western Massachusetts utility is warning customers to prepare for a winter storm expected to bring prolonged rain and snow into the region. 

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The snow and wind from the weekend’s winter storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of Bay State residents this weekend, but the while much of the state has had their electricity restored, residents in some areas are still waiting.

As of 10 am Monday morning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that 116,000 were still without power – including 93,000 NSTAR customers, and 23,000 served by National Grid.

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BOSTON (AP) — A massive storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions is sweeping through the Northeast, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 customers.

More than 28 inches of snow had fallen in parts of central Connecticut by early Saturday, and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire notched 2 feet or more.

The National Weather Service says up to 3 feet is expected in Boston, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches.

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BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts is banning all traffic from roads after 4 p.m. today, when the worst of a powerful snowstorm is expected to be bearing down on New England.

It's believed to be the first traffic ban in the state since the blizzard of 1978.

Boston could get as much as three feet of snow, which would break the city's snowfall record of 27.6 inches.

A forecaster says the storm is the type that "doesn't come along every day." Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service says it will be a "dangerous winter storm."

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has more than 1,500 snow plows, about 470,000 tons of road salt and hundreds of highway workers ready to tackle what's expected to be the worst storm so far in 2013.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging people to leave work a little early.

Bloomberg also said Friday that New York City hopes to have all streets plowed at least once by midmorning Saturday.

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut stations already have run out of gas during the rush to prepare for the approaching blizzard.

Motorists say stations in Torrington, West Hartford, Vernon, East Lyme and other towns ran out of fuel Thursday afternoon and evening as people filled their cars and trucks as well as containers for generators and snow blowers. Long lines were reported at many stations.

U.S. National Weather Service - Winter Weather Message 2/8/13 4:17 a.m.

Feb 8, 2013

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
417 AM EST FRI FEB 8 2013

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST
SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF EAST CENTRAL NEW YORK...SOUTHERN VERMONT
  AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES IN THE
  WESTERN MOHAWK VALLEY...SOUTHERN ADIRONDACKS...LAKE GEORGE AND
  SARATOGA REGIONS. ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 16 INCHES SCHOHARIE

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Police troop that covers a four-county area east of the Hudson River is advising motorists to stay off local highways during the storm that's expected to drop up to 18 inches of snow in some areas along the Massachusetts and Connecticut borders.

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A midwinter storm headed to the Northeast U.S. on Friday could drop more than a foot of snow, setting up a weekend of skiing, sledding and snowmobiling in places that have been stuck with bare ground for much of the season.

The storm comes just after the 35th anniversary of the historic blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the region with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane force winds. This week's storm isn't expected to come close to that, but outdoor enthusiasts who have been disappointed with the season so far say they'll take what they can get.

4:30 p.m. ET — Latest from the National Weather Service:

"A major winter storm is expected to impact the Northeast and New England Friday into Saturday. As much as one to two feet of snow is forecast from the New York City metro area to Maine, with localized heavier amounts possible. This, in addition to wind gusts as high as 60-75 mph will create significant impacts to transportation and power. Coastal flooding is also possible from Boston northward."

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