Snowstorm Hits Northeast, Skiers Thrilled

Maine's southern coast gets nearly 17 inches of snow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 15, 2013 2:56 PM CST
Snowstorm Hits Northeast, Skiers Thrilled
Snowboarders traverse a slope as they make their way toward a chairlift at Blue Hills Ski Area Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Canton, Mass.   (Steven Senne)

A weekend storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in parts of the Northeast made ski area operators and snow removal workers happy, but travelers were forced to deal with slippery roads and flight cancellations today. Molly Taaffe, 23, was on the slopes at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH, by 8 a.m. for her 10th day of skiing this season. She said it was her best outing yet. "There's nothing like powder," she said. "It's incredible." Snowfall in the region ranged from 2 to 8 inches in Connecticut and Rhode Island to almost 11 inches in northern Massachusetts and nearly 17 inches on Maine's southern coast, according to the National Weather Service.

"We term it a kind of low-end nor'easter," said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist for the Weather Service. "It's a pretty typical winter storm." Some Christmas shoppers saw the storm as an opportunity to avoid crowds this morning. "It is slippery and no one is out," said Bruce Long of Boston, who was shopping in Newton, Mass., just west of Boston. Car accidents were reported across the region, including a crash in central Pennsylvania that killed two people late yesterday morning. Airports were working to get back to normal after hundreds of flight cancellations. Many morning flights at Logan International Airport in Boston and other airports in the region were canceled, but most afternoon flights were listed as on time. Click for more details. (Read more weather stories.)

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