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Powerful nor’easter bring up to a foot of snow to New England

Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine, in anticipation of the expected storm.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A powerful nor’easter is ready to move into northern New England.

A winter storm warning is posted for much of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Pohl says accumulations of a foot or more are expected in the inland areas, but a transition to rain will reduce snowfall totals near the coast.

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The storm is expected to occur in the Connecticut Valley late Thursday morning and into western Maine and New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon. It should wrap up Friday.

In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office says the state Emergency Operations Center will open at 1 pm, with a state officials are closely monitoring the storm. The Ministry of Transport says that people should limit road travel after 6 pm, when snow is expected that heavy. Utility companies have on the supply of stand-by in preparation for the power outage.

Pete Rogers, of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, said it’s important for residents to be prepared for heavy snow and strong winds.

The storm will pack a wallop. Pohl, says the barometric pressure associated with the storm is expected to be the lowest point since the Valentine’s day storm in 2014.

On New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, officials say there is “great danger” of an avalanche due to the storm.

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