Snow that fell overnight in portions of New England was expected to impact morning commuters as the Northeast wrestled with winter's latest blast.
Snow that fell overnight in portions of New England was expected to impact morning commuters as the Northeast wrestled with winter’s latest blast.
Much of the region escaped with up to a few inches of snow on Tuesday, but totals were much higher in Boston and northern New England, where snow fell late into the night, causing slippery conditions, minor accidents and delays.
The National Weather Service reported that Hartford received, 3 ½ to 4 inches of snow; Boston got 6 inches; Manchester, N.H., 5 ½ to 6; and Portland, Maine, came in at 9 inches. Coastal communities in Maine, such as Saco, hit 10 inches.
Temperatures Wednesday generally should be around freezing, according to weather service meteorologist Chris Kimble in Gray, Maine. “The skies will be clearing, so it will be a warmer day,” he said. “With the sun out it should help melt the roads.”
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Airports reported delays of an hour to more than 2 ½ hours Tuesday because of snow and ice, according to the website FlightAware. By Tuesday night, only airports in Boston, New York and Newark, N.J., had delays of more than an hour.
Icy road conditions caused portions of New York’s heavily-traveled Long Island Expressway to be closed for up to two hours during rush hour. Authorities warned residents to stay off the roads.
For some, the snow provided a welcome backdrop to the upcoming holidays.
“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!”
Associated Press Writer David Sharp in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.