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Updated: 02/14/2017 01:19:01AM

Storm wallops Northeast, where ‘Stay home’ is message

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A man crosses Maine Street where snow has been piled high during a blizzard, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Brunswick, Maine. A fluffy snow up to two-feet deep blanketed parts of the Northeast, just days after the biggest storm of the season dumped up to 19 inches of snow on the region. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Earl Pollock digs out his mailbox after a blizzard, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Freeport, Maine. A fluffy snow up to two-feet deep blanketed parts of the Northeast, just days after the biggest storm of the season dumped up to 19 inches of snow on the region. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ryan Jussif shovels out a front porch and walkway in Derry, N.H., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Another winter blast of snow and strong winds moved into the Northeast on Sunday, just days after the biggest storm of the season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Alan Boucher uses a farm tractor to dig out of his driveway during a blizzard, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Freeport, Maine. Snow up to two feet deep blanketed parts of the Northeast, just days after the biggest storm of the season dumped up to 19 inches of snow on the region. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A worker clears snow off school buses, after schools were closed due to a storm, in Manchester, N.H., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Another winter blast of snow and strong winds moved into the Northeast on Sunday, just days after the biggest storm of the season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, left, descends a stairway at the French Cultural Center followed by center members Mary Ann Sorel, center, and her husband Pierre Sorel, right, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Boston. Breyer toured the French Cultural Center before participating in a forum called From the Bench to the Sketchbook. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Brian Wilson, of North Attleboro, Mass., and his son Adam, 8, hit a jump on the way down a hill in the rear of the WWI Memorial Park in North Attleboro, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Another several inches of snow is expected into Monday. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

A pedestrian shares the road with motorists as he walks along State Road in North Adams, Mass., during a winter storm which brought blizzard conditions and heavy snow to the region, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Tina Fuller, 60, of Waltham, Mass., behind center, walks past a snowman and a person walking a dog, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Waltham, Mass. Officials in the Northeast are urging people take precautions and schools have begun announcing cancellations as another winter blast of snow moved into the region. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks to an audience at the French Cultural Center, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Boston, during a forum called From the Bench to the Sketchbook. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A pedestrian crosses the street in front of vehicles during a snowstorm, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks to an audience at the French Cultural Center, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Boston, during a forum called From the Bench to the Sketchbook. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A person walks on a snow-covered sidewalk on a bridge near a commuter rail station Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Wellesley, Mass. Another winter blast of snow and strong winds moved into the Northeast on Sunday to the delight of some and the consternation of others, just days after the biggest storm of the season dumped up to 19 inches of snow in the region. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Williams College students trek across the snowy campus in Williamstown, Mass., during a winter storm which brought blizzard conditions and heavy snow to the region. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

A woman cleans her vehicle despite a snowstorm Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at a car wash in North Attleboro, Mass. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Vehicles navigate the intersection at Monument Square, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in North Adams, Mass., during a winter storm which brought blizzard conditions and heavy snow to the region. North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright called for a snow emergency from 9 a.m. on Sunday until Monday, at 11 p.m. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

By PATRICK WHITTLE

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PORTLAND, Maine — Plow trucks and shovelers in the Northeast attacked the region’s latest winter storm, which dumped 30 inches of snow on a Maine town, made roads unsafe and immobilized millions of residents Monday.

The storm was most active from New York to Maine, where blizzards shut down towns and left more than 2 feet of snow in many areas. Strong winds created problems in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where a tree branch crashed through acar windshield in Mechanicsburg, killing the driver.

Many Maine residents will be unable to dig out until Tuesday morning, as the daylong snowfall only began to let up Monday evening.

Some schools already had canceled school for Tuesday, and more snow was forecast for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts on Wednesday.

In Hopkinton, New Hampshire, attorney Matt Lane said he was a bit surprised by how much snow had fallen.

“Up until last week we didn’t have very much; we had a little but not like this. And now suddenly, you can’t see over the snowbanks when you’re backing out of the driveway, and we’ve been running the snow blower 24/7,” he said.

Snow totals in Maine included 30 inches in Cary, near the Canadian border; 27 inches in Nobleboro; 25 inches in Starks; and 20 inches in Harpswell.

In New Hampshire, up to 14 inches fell in Ossipee, and a foot covered Berlin. Scattered power outages were reported, and the forecast of strong winds and coastal flooding remained a concern.

Several crashes were reported between Sunday and Monday. Schools around the region delayed or canceled classes, including in Boston and some areas of New York state.

Just north of New York City, a Metro-North train struck a fallen tree, damaging the train and hampering service for hours, but causing no injuries. About 100 passengers were onboard. And in Queens, the canopy of a gas station was ripped down as winds gusted up to 60 mph in some areas.

There were reports of thunder and lightning accompanying snow in Nobleboro. The Mountain Washington Avalanche Center issued an extreme avalanche danger warning on two trails.

Nearly all flights in and out of the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, were canceled. The airport in Portland, Maine, also was closed.

The new snow came on the heels of a series of other storms, including one last week that dumped 19 inches on parts of Maine.

Raychell Libby, from Portland, walked through a path that had been cut through the snow, piled hip-high.

“I really love the paths that are made afterward,” she said as she chugged along and walked Logan, her 7-year-old Catahoula mix. “It’s kind of like a winter wonderland.”

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott declared Monday a “Powder Day,” and urged winter weather enthusiasts to take advantage of the snow. He encouraged out-of-state skiers and snowmobilers to stay an extra day or two in Vermont and take advantage of the conditions.

“And while I can’t grant official pardons out-of-state, I certainly hope all will be granted a ‘snow day’ pardon. Visitors can feel free to tell their boss Vermont’s governor asked them to stay,” Scott said.


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