Maine was hardly the only place buried under snow Sunday. Residents of the Northeast climbed through snowdrifts and navigated icy streets and sidewalks as they dug out from a weekend storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in places.

The powerful storm that started plowing up the coast on Friday began losing strength Sunday. At least 10 deaths were linked to the storm around the Northeast.

Jim Casey was out clearing his sidewalk Sunday in Nahant, Mass., 15 miles north of Boston, with his 2-year-old daughter, Anya, who cradled a child-sized shovel in her arms.

“This is very heavy snow, but it’s great,” said Casey, 35. “We went down to the beach and took a Christmas picture in front of the waves.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley said the storm’s center was about 100 miles east of Portsmouth, N.H., Sunday night. As it moved slowly out to sea, it gave a parting slap to the coast with gusting wind that drove heavy surf onto the shore.

The wind downed trees and power lines in Massachusetts, and utilities reported about 8,000 power outages Sunday morning along the Massachusetts coast.

At high tide Sunday morning, waves crashed over seawalls in coastal towns.

Flooding closed several streets in Scituate, Mass., said fire Capt. George Anderson. The state sent a National Guard vehicle in case anyone needed to be evacuated, but the town southeast of Boston had only one rescue, he said. “We had people stranded in a car,” Anderson said. “The water on the street was two or three feet deep.”

The storm gave some students and teachers an extra day off, with more than 200 schools across Massachusetts planning to close Monday. During the weekend, the storm had disrupted school events, holiday shopping, sports events and SAT college entrance exams.

It even postponed a National Guard homecoming in Rhode Island. Forty Rhode Island Air National Guard troops were expected to arrive at a base in North Kingstown on Sunday, but they had to be rescheduled for Monday, said Lt. Col. Michael McNamara.

Boston’s Logan Airport closed Saturday evening and didn’t get a runway reopened until just after noon Sunday. Hundreds of flights were canceled Saturday at the New York City area’s three major airports, and Philadelphia also had cancellations.

At some airports, stalled travelers had to spend the night sleeping on cots.

“It will take a day or two to get back to normal,” said Rollin Tebbetts, operations manager at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport.

Many fans who were able to make it to Sunday’s New England Patriots game in Foxboro, Mass., found their seats covered in snow. Some chose to just sit on the snow rather than move it by the handful.

Crews in New Jersey expected to have roads ready in time for Monday’s rush hour. More than 70,000 tons of salt and sand had been used statewide to make roads passable, said Anna Farneski, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

“We certainly threw everything we had at this storm,” she said. “It was long and it was fierce, but we think that the commute tomorrow morning will be just fine.”

The storm was blamed for one traffic death in Pennsylvania, one in Connecticut, one in upstate New York and two each in New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia. A 25-year-old man died in Rhode Island when the inner tube he was riding on, towed behind a truck, hit a utility poll.

The weather didn’t stop supporters of Democratic primary contender John Edwards from going door-to-door in Manchester and Goffstown, N.H., on Sunday on behalf of the North Carolina senator, said Edwards spokesman Tait Sye.

“They’ve talked to people who are shoveling snow and using snowblowers. I haven’t heard of any hot chocolate offers yet, unfortunately,” Sye said.

At the Atkinson Congregational Church in Atkinson, N.H., about 80 people – including the full choir – turned out for a Sunday morning service, according to the Rev. Paul Dionne.

“The rule of thumb is, if the pastor can get here, we have church,” said Dionne.



On the Net:

National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

AP-ES-12-07-03 2022EST



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