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Powerful nor’easter could dump more than a foot of snow on New England

Snow begins to accumulate in Windham, Maine.

(Fox 23)

A powerful nor’easter moved to the north of New England Thursday, and forecasters predicted it could dump almost 20 inches of snow in some interior locations.

The roads in Leominster/Fitchburg to begin to see the snow cover. Here are a couple of videos. pic.twitter.com/Ve0a7lN2je

— Robert Goulston (@rgoulston) December 29, 2016

STORMS TO DISRUPT TRAVEL FOR MILLIONS OF THE WAY TO THE TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE DESTINATIONS

A winter storm warning is posted for much of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont by mid-day Friday.

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.

COLD AIR TO NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIERS TO SHIVER IN TIMES SQUARE

The roads in the Mountains were covered with snow, and snowed the rate of about 1 to 2 inches per hour Thursday afternoon. No significant problems have been reported, but drivers were warned to expect hazardous driving conditions.

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.

The Vermont Department of Health is reminding people that overload shoveling snow can cause heart attacks. People should also keep the heat vents free of ice and snow.

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