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    Windswept Snowstorm for Boston, Providence, Hartford

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
    December 31, 2012, 4:35:30 AM EST

    A developing storm along the coast cranked up the wind and snow in New England Saturday night.

    Local accumulations close to a foot occurred from Rhode Island to interior southeastern Massachusetts as a nor'easter bore down on the region.

    Increasing wind caused a plastering of wet snow near the coast, but extensive blowing and drifting of dry, powdery snow inland. Where the snow clings to wires and trees, combined with the wind, there was even the risk of sporadic power outages.

    The latest snow map is available on AccuWeather.com's Winter Weather Center.


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    Travel conditions to deteriorated from New York City northeastward to Hartford, Providence, Boston and Portland, Maine Saturday night. Flight delays are possible around New York City, Philadelphia and Boston.


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    Farther south, a gap between the developing coastal storm and the old, weakening storm over the Ohio Valley limited precipitation from New York City southwestward to Washington, D.C. However, this did not stop a wave of snow from rushing through the area as the storm exploded.

    A wedge of warm air will brought rain and reduced the amount of snow moving eastward across Long Island and coastal/southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula.

    Most areas from northern upstate New York to northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, northwestern Maine and neighboring Canada will saw several inches of snowfall as well.

    Farther northeast, the nor'easter will evolve into a blizzard over portions of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island by Sunday.

    Painful cold winds will blast fans heading to NFL football games Sunday in Foxboro, Mass., the Meadowlands, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Winds will ease for the Sunday night game in Landover, Md. There will be a great deal of snow to remove for the game between the Patriots and the Dolphins in New England.

    The latest snow map is available on AccuWeather.com's Winter Weather Center.

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