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Reports: Winter storm causes Boston public schools to close as multiple highway accidents ensue


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As a blizzard unloads feet of snow in eastern New England, authorities have reported numerous car crashes, school closings and flight cancellations.

Slick and hazardous travel will continue to unfold across New England into Monday as heavy snow pushes through.

The snow will fall at a rate of an inch or more an hour, quickly covering roads and sidewalks.


Stretches of the Maine turnpike are covered in snow this morning. Motorists should drive with caution if they need to travel.



As of 6:25 a.m. EST Monday, snow is almost out of the Boston area. Around 3.5 inches has been reported in the city.

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As of 4 a.m. EST, Portland, Maine, has received 10 to 13 inches of snow since Sunday afternoon. Heavy snow will continue to bury much of Maine through Monday morning.




Snowtotals 2.13.17

Snow has slowed in parts of Massachusetts. The heaviest snow continues to move north, alleviating some of the speed restrictions across the state.


Large trees and power lines are reportedly down in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, toppling into cars and homes.

As of 12 a.m. EST, 9.4 inches of snow have been reported in Portland, Maine.


Areas outside of the blizzard conditions are also being affected by high winds Sunday night. Wind gusts of 50 to 70 mph have been reported from West Virginia to Pennsylvania and Maryland. A tree was knocked down by high winds in Hancock, Maryland, blocking part of eastbound I-70.

Strong winds blew the canopy off of a gas station in New Castle, Pennsylvania, late Sunday night.

As of 10:30 p.m. EST, over 40,000 customers of both FirstEnergy Company and Duqesne Light Company are affected in Pennsylvania.


As of 7:10 p.m. EST, the New Hampshire Troopers Association is reporting 102 crashes and cars skidding off state roads since the snow began, primarily in the central and southern regions of the state. Interstate speeds have been reduced to 45 mph on all state highways and there is one shelter on standby. Visit www.readynh.gov for updated information on the storm.


The Boston Globe is reporting that the severe winter storm moving into Massachusetts has postponed the start of the double-homicide trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez; he faces charges in the July 2012 slayings of two Boston men. A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said in a statement Sunday that, jury selection in the trial will likely be delayed until Thursday.


Due to weather conditions, all Boston public schools have been closed for Monday, Feb. 13, via www.bostonpublicschools.org. There will also be no bus service. To support childcare needs, Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Over 2,000 transportation crews in Massachusetts are now treating state roads, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Pavements are wet to snow covered. In addition, the speed limit on I-90 from the New York border to Boston has been reduced to 40 mph.

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Snow plows clear a street during a snowstorm on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Waltham, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)



All of I-89 in New Hampshire now has a speed reduction of 45 mph due to weather conditions, via New Hampshire Department of Transportation.


More than 200 flights have been canceled at Boston Logan International Airport, via flightaware.com.


Snow continues to accumulate through the northeastern U.S. Totals so far include 2.8 inches in Winchester County, Connecticut; 4 inches at Hyde Park, New York,; and 5.5 inches at Greenville Center, New York.


Due to weather, snow and ice departure traffic destined to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (BOS) and La Guardia Airport (LGA) are currently experiencing delays averaging 3 hours and 50 minutes.


Multi-vehicle accidents closed on U.S. 15 northbound and southbound due to snow and ice.


Icy mix is hindering travel across the northeastern United States as of 10:15 a.m. EST.

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Snow was covering many roads in New York with numerous accidents reported late Sunday morning. (Image/New York State Department of Transportation)




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Low visibility due to snow in North End, Boston. (Instagram/bobby_in_boston)

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Snow blanketing Maine. (Instagram/lrindoneFollow)

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Ice bending antennas and icicles forming. (Rick in Wind Gap, PA)