Yet another nor’easter is slamming a storm-weary New England, the third in two weeks, with heavy snow, gusty winds and the possibility of coastal flooding and power outages.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the entire coast of Maine, New Hampshire and most of Massachusetts. Blizzard conditions have been confirmed for Boston, as well as parts of Cape Cod and the South Shore.
Mixed snow and rain arrived around midnight and is now falling heavily across Massachusetts. The winter storm is rapidly strengthening southeast of Nantucket Island, while white-out conditions and snow-covered roadways are leading to near-impossible travel conditions across southern New England.
Two main snowfall bands of 1 to 3 inches per hour have set up across western Massachusetts and central Connecticut into southern Vermont. The other snowfall band is set up from Cape Ann down to Buzzards Bay and Martha’s Vineyard.
So far, 6 to 8 inches have fallen from Worcester down into New Bedford. Elsewhere, 1 to 3 inches have fallen across the North Shore out to western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Visibility across the region has ranged from less than a mile to below a quarter of a mile, where a blizzard warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Strong winds have brought down snow-covered trees and power lines, causing tens of thousands of outages.
In Braintree, a tree fell across Abbott Street, blocking the road. On Cape Cod, powerful winds brought down wires on Main Street in Osterville. Downed wires caught fire in Sandwich.
As the day progresses, these snow bands will continue to dump snow across the area throughout the day.
Travel is not recommended until later Tuesday night. Right now, we’re expecting to see the snow begin to wind down around 6 to 7 p.m. as the powerful coastal low pivots east towards the Gulf of Maine and Nova Scotia.
Stay tuned to NBC10 Boston and necn throughout the day for the latest updates on this winter storm.