New England digs out from heavy snow as a winter storm brews in the West – USA TODAY
More than 100,000 people are without power and the roads are a slippery, dangerous mess in New England. Residents braced for a foot of snow, with twice that amount possible in some spots.
Portions of northern New England were digging out from more than two feetÂ ofÂ snow Friday as the first winter storm of the season knocked out power and createdÂ hazardous road conditions.
Meanwhile, residents of the Pacific Northwest bracedÂ for another round of weather expected to bring rain toÂ southern California and more snowÂ to theÂ GreatÂ Lakes and New England.
In the first few days of 2017,Â parts of the Plains, Midwest and Northeast can expect a “wintry mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain,”Â according to The Weather Underground. Look for freezing rain, sleet or even snow along parts of Interstate 80, from northern New Jersey toÂ Nebraska, into Sunday night, the Weather Underground forecast.
By Monday, snow,Â sleet or freezing rain is likely intoÂ the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with sleet or freezing rain from northern Pennsylvania to New York and, by Monday, into New England.
By Tuesday, snow âÂ heavy at timesÂ âÂ is likely to pound parts of the northern Plains, upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes.
Mainers dig in to clear rapid accumulations of snow.
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In Maine, the latest strong winter blastÂ left more than 100,000 people without power andÂ dumpedÂ 27 inches of snow in Naples, Oxford and Standish, Maine, the National Weather Service reported.
The weather service recorded more than 17 inches in Mount Washington, N.H., the highest peak in the Northeast, where officials said there wasÂ âconsiderable dangerâ of an avalanche. Moretown, Vt., reported more than 10 inches of snow.
The heavy snow and slippery driving conditions in New England were likelyÂ factors in the death of a 69-year-old man whose car went off the road and crashed into a tree in Cornwall, Vt., Vermont State Police said.
Strong winds, as high as 52 mph in Mashpee, Mass., and 48 mph in Warwick, R.I., also hit the area.
Ski areas, however, cheered the heavy snow. Mount Snow in Vermont has received more snow so far this year than it did all of last season. Loon Mountain in New Hampshire has 51 trails open compared to just 17 at this time last winter, the AssociatedÂ Press reported.
The national weather forecast for Dec. 31, 2016, called for even more snow to accumulate in parts of New England and rain showers for the Mississippi Valley.