2nd winter storm hits US east coast

New York: The second winter storm in a week will continue to dump wet, heavy snow on New England on Thursday, forcing schools to close and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it promised to slow the morning commute across the region.

A 30cm of snow and fierce wind gusts of up to 88kmph were expected from eastern New York through northern Maine on Thursday after the storm slammed the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said in several watches and warnings.

Up to 2 feet of snow accumulation was expected in some inland parts of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts and 18 inches was possible in Maine.

Boston public schools along with dozens of schools throughout New England cancelled classes on Thursday as local officials and forecasters warned commuters of whiteout conditions and slick roads.

"With snow removal efforts underway, motorists are asked to stay off roads, stay home and stay safe," the Boston Police Department said on Twitter.

Amtrak suspended passenger train services between New York City and Boston until at least 10am (local time) and cancelled dozens of routes on Thursday.

Two dozen flights were already cancelled early on Thursday morning after about half of all scheduled flights were cancelled at the three major airports serving New York City on Wednesday.

The website said more than 2,100 flights had been delayed and 2,700 cancelled, most of them in the northeast, as of 8pm (local time) on Wednesday. Reuters


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