United States northeast braces for third powerful storm in two weeks

Meteorologists report two potential scenarios based on two separate weather monitoring systems. The GFS model above predicts the storm will hug the East Coast shore giving cities a direct hit

The third major storm in two weeks has lashed the Northeast with hurricane-force winds, heavy snow and widespread power outages and now millions of people are facing yet another cleanup.

Joe Rotella ducked into a train station as he tried to find his way to a hotel that's hosting a convention where he's speaking.

Although the latest storm wasn't expected to knock out power to as many power customers as last week's nor'easter did, because the snow is lighter and fluffier, more than 237,000 customers in MA were without power Tuesday afternoon.

Wind gusts of almost 70 miles per hour were reported on Cape Cod in the early stages of the storm.

Amtrak suspended all service on Tuesday between Boston and New York City, but resumed some service Wednesday, although delays lingered.

So far power outages have climbed to more than 250,000 just in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and CT.

A stormy week should help us recover a bit from our dry winter so far.

"As a visitor to Boston, I've been looking forward to this for months, and this is kind of an adventure for me", the Louisville, Kentucky, man said.

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Road and air travel also was disrupted: Slick roads were blamed for at least one death in North Carolina, and the flight-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 1,500 cancelled flights.

"We are freezing", the 39-year-old said. A mountain Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Wednesday morning, and after a brief easing of the storm, another strong storm moves through late Thursday into early Saturday, As a result, another Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for the mountains over that same time period. "We would just use more candles".

"Three nor'easters in less than 2 weeks isn't easy on anyone - and we are extremely grateful for the hard work of our first responders, utility and road crews, and municipal officials who have been working nonstop to clean up after these powerful storms", Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wrote on Twitter. "I know folks are tired with power outages but hang in there with us", the governor said.

More than a foot of snow is expected in parts of CT, where Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging people to "take it slow and remember their winter weather driving skills".

ME also braced for a hard hit. "The groundhog was right".

ME was bracing for 12 to 18 inches of snow, said James Brown, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

In Billerica, Massachusetts, where 25.5 inches (64 centimeters) of snow fell, Michelle Furlong made an age-old New England winter threat as she shoveled.

There are six public schools in Vernon and more than 3,000 enrolled students.

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