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Monday, December 17, 2007

Cold, windy weather grips N. New England as storm exits region

Cold, windy weather gripped northern New England on Monday as a blustery nor'easter that dumped 6 to 12 inches of snow across most of the region moved into the Canadian Maritimes.

A winter storm warning remained posted throughout the morning in extreme northern Maine, where up to 3 more inches of snow was expected. Winds gusting up to 35 mph were blamed for blowing and drifting snow that limited visibility.

Bright sunshine overspread many areas, although temperatures for the most part got no higher than the teens or low 20s.

Sunday's storm, which brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, disrupted power to thousands of homes and businesses, caused a rash of skidding accidents on highways and forced air travel delays.

Most motorists heeded advice of state police and sat out the storm at home, and scores of meetings and church gatherings were canceled. Scattered accidents, none causing serious injury, were reported through the day on the Maine Turnpike and other highways in the region.

Many schools in Vermont were either closed or delayed their openings Monday as communities continued to dig out from the storm.

The heavy snow, coming ahead of the crucial Christmas-New Year's period, was good news for ski areas around the region. It was also welcomed by snowmobilers, who in recent years had been sidelined by a shortage of early season snow.

Perhaps the most forbidding conditions Sunday were seen atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire, at 6,288 feet the region's tallest summit, where weather observer Stacy Kawecki reported 60 mph winds gusting to 68 mph, a 2 degree temperature, blowing snow and freezing fog.

Cold weather was expected to prevail through the workweek, with light snow likely on Wednesday and possible rain or snow during the weekend.

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