A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England today, threatening white-out conditions in coastal areas and forcing people to contend with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month. A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal communities from Rhode Island to Maine into tomorrow; and a bone-chilling blast of cold, with lows of minus-10 degrees was in tonight's forecast in parts of the region. Half a foot of snow had fallen across much of eastern Massachusetts by daybreak today, with Ipswich recording 20 inches, according to the National Weather Service. "The best thing people can do is stay home, stay indoors," said William Babcock, a weather service meteorologist. Babcock said gusts could max out at 75mph—hurricane territory—on Cape Cod.
At nearly 90 inches, this season is now Boston's third-snowiest on record, notes the Boston Globe; the city needs another 18 inches to break its all-time record. Nearly 400 flights today were canceled at Boston's Logan International Airport, and none was scheduled this morning. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority canceled all rail, bus and ferry service in the Boston area today. Gov. Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Gov. Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island warned motorists to stay off the roads. Baker said this morning that high tide was not as severe as anticipated, with no reports of major flooding, but warned that winds gusting over 60mph could bring power outages. "There's a little bit of deja vu all over again in this," he said. (More severe weather stories.)