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Gardiners Bay from the Ram Island Causeway

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Much of the Northeast is bracing for blizzard conditions, a foot or more of snow and high winds as the third major nor'easter in 10 days bears down on the region.

Residents of three New England states - Massachusetts, New Hampshire and ME - woke up Tuesday morning to a blizzard warning, as parts of Virginia and West Virginia saw between 12-18 inches of snow overnight and North Carolina saw as much as 7 inches.

The National Weather Service's Boston office is forecasting 8 to 18 inches of snow for parts of CT through western MA and up to 18 inches for Rhode Island.

Now Monroe County is under a winter weather advisory as the National Weather Service says another storm could drop up to five inches of new snow. Still, wind gusts up to 65 miles an hour in southeastern MA could stress tree limbs, said Kim Buttrick, a local National Weather Service meteorologist.

Just as residents are recovering from last week's winter storm, another nor'easter is headed this way, promising to dump up to 8 inches on the Hartford area in time for Tuesday's morning commute.

"This storm could bring significant snowfall across much of the Commonwealth, high winds along the coast, southeast and eastern portions of the state, and minor coastal flooding on east ocean-exposed shorelines", the agency said. "Combined with the wind, it presents a serious risk of power outages".

Concerns over continued power outages continue with this storm as under 10,000 utility customers remained without power Monday morning - mainly in Massachusetts, New Jersey and NY - because of last week's nor'easter.

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Public schools in Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Portland, Maine, closed Tuesday. Road crews will have a tough time keeping up with the roads when snow falls this heavily. North winds of 30-40 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 miles per hour are predicted throughout the day with near steady temperatures in the mid 30s. Some coastal flooding at high tide is also possible. Winter storm warnings were in effect for parts of Virginia and West Virginia, where heavy snow already was reported Monday.

The state of MA is preparing for its third Nor'Easter this month.

Then, on March 14, 1993, another 19.9 inches of snow fell in Syracuse - once again, the most snow on that date since the weather service began recording weather data in 1902.

Though tonight's forecast is calling for even more snow and wind, things are nowhere near as grim as they looked last week.

"We're not going to be embedded in a winter prison", she said.

Driving will be hazardous tomorrow, Buttrick said, adding that it's best not to travel if it's avoidable.

Strong winds are expected Tuesday in New England.

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