Blizzard warnings up for 3rd nor'easter hitting Northeast

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Parts of the USA northeast brace for a third powerful winter storm in two weeks that could bring high winds, a foot or more of wet snow and power outages Monday night and into Tuesday, officials said.

As the storm barrels up the East Coast, New York and Philadelphia could get a couple inches of snow through Tuesday, although the rest of upstate New York, eastern Long Island and New England could see varying amounts of at least 6 inches, according to The Weather Channel.

New York City, under a winter weather advisory, will be spared the heaviest snow, but accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.

The National Weather Service said Monday that Suffolk County in NY, and Southern Connecticut will receive a heavy, wet snowfall of 5 to 10 inches, with 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour.

The National Weather Service in NY warned that during the storm's peak, snow could fall at a rate of up to 7.6 cm an hour, making travel treacherous.

In far northern ME, the storm is expected to dump between 8 and 14 inches of snow between Tuesday evening and early Thursday morning. The cleanup from the previous two storms to batter the winter-weary northeast is still ongoing, as fallen trees downed power lines and left tens of thousands in the dark.

"Tonight through Tuesday yet another nor'easter will develop off the East Coast, but unlike the last two nor'easters, this system is expected to stay farther offshore and east", Dean said Monday.

The city said Boston Public Schools, libraries and other city services would be closed on Tuesday. Powerful winds will pummel the east coast, with sustained winds ranging from 25 miles per hour around Boston and indirect coastal areas to 40-45 miles per hour in coastal towns, like Provincetown, Chatham and Nantucket, as well as Gloucester up north. The storm caused significant coastal flooding and was blamed for the deaths of nine people outside the state.

The National Weather Service said travel conditions will be hard, especially during the morning commute on Tuesday and there will be limited visibility.

There was barely enough snow early Tuesday to coat lawns and sand beaches, yet winds near hurricane force were lashing the peninsula.

The flooding that plagued the region during a January 4 storm and the March 2 storm is not expected to be as big a problem.

This will be the third nor'easter in less than two weeks.

The rest of the state is under a winter storm warning through 8 p.m.

A tractor stands covered in snow during a snowstorm in Huntington, New York, U.S., March 13, 2018. The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a Snow Alert, and commuters are advised to use mass transit where possible.