Why do we use the term 'nor'easter' to describe storms?

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Five days after the latest nor'easter dumped roughly a foot of snow on most of ME, another winter storm is expected to deliver an even bigger dumping Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for New Hampshire from midnight Monday through 8 a.m. Wednesday with up to 14 inches of snow expected.

The weather service says total accumulations are expected to range from 12 to 17 inches of heavy snow in near blizzard conditions.

"Area of concern is across Cape & Islands where heavy wet snow along with strong, damaging winds could lead to downed trees & power outages", the National Weather Service in Boston tweeted around 4:15 p.m.

By around 7 a.m. Tuesday, heavy snow bands will begin making their way into Long Island and Eastern New England, from Rhode Island to MA.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said it may need to deploy all of its equipment-including more than 3,400 plows-for the first time this year because the storm is expected to blanket the whole state.

Snow and wind will put limbs and power lines in jeopardy again, but forecasters don't expect the power losses to be as widespread as in the last two storms.

The storm was expected to last through most of Tuesday, disrupting road and air travel.

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Dozens of Long Island schools were closed Tuesday. The storm dropped heavy, wet snow in areas west of Interstate 95 and left one person dead in NY state. North winds tonight will range between 15 and 20 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour possible.

"Plan on slippery road conditions, especially untreated surfaces, including during the Tuesday morning commute", their statement said.

A coastal flood advisory will also be in effect from 8 a.m.to noon on Tuesday.

Wednesday's storm caused the roof of a CT building that had been vacant for 20 years to collapse under the weight of the snow. Portland's average is 50.4 inches, but so far this season, 75.5 inches of snow has fallen, News Center Maine reported.

For the third time this month, a nor'easter was expected to affect the Philadelphia region early Tuesday.

'Hopefully this will be the final punch of the winter, ' Buttrick said.

While we anticipate the worst of the storm (snow/wind) will be in the morning, periods of heavy snow will continue through the afternoon. But Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said under state law, town meeting elections must go on.

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