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New England's Third Straight Weekend of Snow

By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist.
February 24, 2013; 4:08 PM ET
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The third snowstorm in as many weekends is under way across New England.

As of 1:30 p.m. EST Sunday, the storm has already produced 11.0 inches near Deerfield, N.H., and 10.2 inches at Gorham, Maine.

Other snowfall totals include 10.7 inches at Concord, N.H., and 7.5 inches at New Boston, N.H., 5.8 inches at Portland, Maine, and 5.0 inches at Pepperell, Mass.

Boston, Mass., saw a mixture of rain and snow when the storm arrived Saturday evening. While Sunday started on a wet note, the return of colder air brought snow back to the city at midday.

A slushy inch or two of snow will accumulate in Boston through early Sunday night.

Taken separately, this storm will not rank anywhere close to the worst of them. However, added in with the other storms this month, including the blizzard on Feb. 8 and 9, it will try the patience of many hardy New Englanders.

This storm will bring upwards of around a foot to parts of southeastern New Hampshire and southern Maine.

For the South Shore and the Cape, the precipitation will be mainly rain. There is also a risk for minor coastal flooding with a persistent onshore wind.

For New England, the snow will be wet and heavy in south but will trend drier and more powdery farther north. The weight of the snow in southeastern New Hampshire and southern Maine could lead to downed tree limbs and scattered power outages.

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Mounting Problems

Winter maintenance budgets are being stretched to the max.

Finding places to put the additional snow as the storms continue is becoming increasingly difficult. Piles of snow near intersections, at the end of driveways and in parking lots are creating hazards. Line of sight for motorists and pedestrians is being hindered. Patches of ice due to freeze/thaw cycles can lead to slip-and-fall incidents.

While strong wind from the blizzard pushed snow off most roofs in the region, the snow load on some roofs was uneven. Where the snow has remained on roofs, the added weight from ongoing rain and snow events could lead to failure. As the snow continues to gain mass by absorbing rain or additional snowfall (no, the pattern will not end with this weekend's storm), the risk of flooding from rapid runoff increases for a date later in this season or during the spring.

Fun in the Snow

Many businesses and workers that rely on snow in the winter to survive are having a bumper month.

For those who love to play in the snow, this weekend will offer more opportunities for skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, sleighing and boarding.

More to Come

There is no sign of spring for New England through this coming week. The pattern looks cold through the first part of March.

For those wanting a break, the siege of storms will not stop with this weekend.

More opportunities for snow and additional cold shots are likely through right through the first week of March.

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