Snow piles up in Northeast as blizzard begins winding down

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By afternoon, power outages climbed to more than 250,000 just in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and CT.

The blustery weather in the Northeast forced the cancellations of over 1,400 flights and Amtrak has suspended service between Boston and New York City.

The scrape of snow shovels and the drone of snowblowers filled the New England air on Wednesday as the region cleaned up from a storm that left 2 feet of snow in some places and tens of thousands without power. Gov. Gina Raimondo urged residents to stay off the roads and let the plows and work crews do their jobs. Gusts approached 70 miles per hour (112 kph) on Cape Cod, the weather service said.

"We're not out of winter yet, that's for sure", Paul Knight, of Portland, said as snow accumulated on his eyebrows during a stroll.

Although the latest storm was not expected to bring as many power outages as a nor'easter last week because the snow is lighter and fluffier, more than 150,000 customers in MA lost power by late Tuesday morning.

The heavy snow bands made their way through both Rhode Island and MA on Tuesday morning.

Boston's Logan International Airport, almost deserted Tuesday, resumed flights Wednesday.

This is the fifth significant nor'easter for the Northeast US this year, which makes a lot of big storms for one winter.

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CBS News weather producer David Parkinson says Boston could see about a foot of snow, with up to 18 inches along the southern coast of MA and in the Merrimack Valley. "This is the third storm in a row", the governor said.

A fierce storm has lashed the north-east in the U.S., with widespread power outages amid the hurricane-force winds and heavy snow.

"We all say we're going to move, right".

ME braced for a hard hit.

In New York, heavy, wet snow is forecast for Long Island, which could get 5 to 10 inches of accumulation. The Portland International Jetport has had 75.5 inches of snow, far above the normal for the date of 51.8 inches, with another 12 to 18 inches on the way, said James Brown, of the National Weather Service.

Boston experienced blizzard conditions Tuesday, with officials estimating almost 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine. But Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said under state law, town meeting elections must go on.

In Rhode Island, the snow didn't stop residents from getting to church.