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Photos: 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks blankets New England in snow, leaves thousands without power

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
March 14, 2018, 8:23:38 AM EDT

The third nor'easter in two weeks slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

The bomb cyclone brought blizzard conditions, more than two feet of snow and wind gusts over 70 mph to some communities in eastern New England.

Downed trees and branches felled power lines, which caused a significant number of power outages. There were over 100 reports of downed trees and wires from National Weather Service spotters in New England.

On Tuesday evening, over 200,000 electric customers were without power in Massachusetts, including more than 65 percent of customers in Barnstable County.

The blizzard brought travel to a halt in Boston as fierce winds and heavy snow limited visibility to just several hundred feet during the height of the storm. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Boston's Logan International Airport on Tuesday, helping to send nation-wide flight cancellations to nearly 2,000.

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Some of the highest snow totals were seen along a narrow zone stretching from southern Maine through Rhode Island after a band of intense snow stalled over this area for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.

Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island, all broke daily snowfall records which were previously set during the Blizzard of '93.

Snowfall rates exceeded 3 inches an hour under this band with Manchester, New Hampshire, recording 3.5 inches of snow in just one hour. That is almost as much snow as Washington, D.C., has received all winter (3.7 inches).

Accumulations topped 20 inches in some of the hardest-hit areas with a National Weather Service trained spotter measuring 25 inches of snow near Derry, New Hampshire.

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The powerful nor'easter as seen by NOAA's GOES-16 weather satellite on Tuesday afternoon. (Image/CIRA/RAMMB)

The trio of nor'easters that have blasted the Northeast this month have left behind a significant amount of snow to the benefit of some ski resorts.

Mount Snow, a ski resort in West Dover, Vermont, has picked up over 50 inches of snow in just seven days, accounting for one-third of the resort's typical snowfall for an entire season.

The official start to spring is just days away; however, the weather pattern will continue to favor colder-than-normal weather across the Northeast during the second half of March with the continued chance for major snowstorms.

Northeast Storm

Workers remove a fallen tree from a road and repair power lines during a winter storm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Norwell, Mass. The nor'easter is expected to deliver up to 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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A tractor trailer collided with a snow plow on the Maine Turnpike at mile marker 23 on Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries and the road was opened to traffic several hours later. (Photo/Maine State Police)

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Part of Interstate 90 westbound was closed on Tuesday afternoon after a tractor trailer rolled off the road. (Photo/Massachusetts State Police)

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Two people cross country skiing in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Tuesday morning. (Photo/Michele J Martin)

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Over 12 inches of snow fell in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. (Photo/@newenglandwx1)

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(Photo/Mount Snow)

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