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Winter-weary US Northeast sees more snow for Valentine's Day

Winter-weary US Northeast sees more snow for Valentine's Day; blizzard warning in effect

Parking meters sits mostly buried in a mound of snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, along a street in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bring a...
A fire hydrant sits cleared from surrounding snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, along a street in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bring an a...
Pedestrians walk among mounds of snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, along a street in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bring an additional fo...
Patio furniture sit mostly buried in a mound of snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, behind a restaurant in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could br...
Workers prepare a Valentine's ice sculpture Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bri...
Workers remove snow from the roof over the gym at Haverhill High School as the region braces for another big snowstorm, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in Haver...
Enzo Pocaro, center, of Boston, waits in a long checkout line at the Market Basket in Chelsea, Mass., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. A blizzard warning was ...

APTOPIX New England Snow

Parking meters sits mostly buried in a mound of snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, along a street in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bring a...

New England Snow

A fire hydrant sits cleared from surrounding snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, along a street in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bring an a...

New England Snow

Pedestrians walk among mounds of snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, along a street in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bring an additional fo...

New England Snow

Patio furniture sit mostly buried in a mound of snow Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, behind a restaurant in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could br...

New England Snow

Workers prepare a Valentine's ice sculpture Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. Another winter storm that could bri...

New England Snow

Workers remove snow from the roof over the gym at Haverhill High School as the region braces for another big snowstorm, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in Haver...

New England Snow

Enzo Pocaro, center, of Boston, waits in a long checkout line at the Market Basket in Chelsea, Mass., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. A blizzard warning was ...

BOSTON (AP) -- A Valentine's Day storm bought snow and dangerously high winds to the northeastern New England states for the fourth time in less than a month, the latest blow to a region that has already seen more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) of snow in some areas.

A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal areas from Connecticut to Maine through Monday morning, promising 8 to 14 inches (20 to 35 centimeters) of snow in southern New England up to 2 feet (60 centimeters) in Maine. A bone-chilling blast of cold will follow, with lows of minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23 Celsius) forecast in some areas Sunday night.

"On Sunday, the best thing people can do is stay home, stay indoors," National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock said.

Officials warned of possible power outages, and north-facing or vulnerable coastal areas could suffer flooding and beach erosion, the National Weather Service said.

The bad weather spanned several states. Winter storm warnings extended west into Michigan and Ohio, where whiteout conditions led to a pileup on the Ohio Turnpike that killed at least two people. A storm-related crash on the New York Thruway south of Buffalo killed one person.

Boston's Logan International Airport said nearly 400 Sunday flights were already canceled, and none were scheduled Sunday morning. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority canceled all rail, bus and ferry service in the Boston area on Sunday.

Gov. Charlie Baker urged motorists to stay off roads during the storm, but stopped short of an outright travel ban.

Massachusetts called up hundreds of National Guard troops to assist with snow removal, and the Hanscom Air Force base outside Boston became a staging area for heavy equipment pouring in from eight other Northeast states to help in the effort.

Business groups said weather-related travel woes have cut into sales by up to 80 percent for some restaurants and retailers leading up to Valentine's Day, a holiday that usually generates about $500 million in business.

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AP reporters Ben Thomas in Revere, Philip Marcelo in Boston, and Pat Eaton-Robb in Storrs, Connecticut, contributed.


Updated : 2021-09-21 05:02 GMT+08:00