Winter administered a fresh whipping to parts of the Northeast overnight, as a new storm brought more snow and high winds to the region.
The latest blast came as residents were still digging out from a major storm that caused at least 25 deaths, and at its height, left hundreds of thousands without power on the East Coast and in the South.
New England was absorbing the worst of the weekend storm, which was moving in Saturday evening. Up to 12 inches of snow fell in eastern Massachusetts, and parts of Maine and Rhode Island overnight, Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Swaim said.
New York City and Boston, which both saw flurries overnight, were waking up to lower than average temperatures: Upper 20s in Beantown and lower 30s in the Big Apple.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Saturday warned drivers to stay off the roads for a 12-hour period beginning at 5 p.m., saying, "It won't be possible to keep up with the clearing of the roads."
The newest storm spawned blizzard conditions in several places along the Massachusetts coastline, including Cape Ann, Hingham, Cape Cod and surrounding islands.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the city would deploy more than 600 snow plows, trucks and other equipment by Saturday evening to deal with the storm. He said additional police officers, firefighters and paramedics would be on hand throughout the storm to ensure public safety.
Southeastern New Hampshire is under a winter storm warning through Sunday that could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow. The weather service said 1 to 2 inches of snow were possible on Saturday with as much as 8 inches overnight.
Further south, New York City New York City's Central Park received 1 1/2 inches of new snow after getting nearly a foot of snow Thursday.
In eastern Pennsylvania, between 2 and 5 inches fell before the storm moved out early Saturday evening.
Airlines, struggling to dig out from a record number of cancellations this week, were'nt able to make much headway, with more than 1,000 flight cancelations on Saturday adding to the backlog, according to flightstats.com. Almost 300 had been cancelled across the United States by 6:40 a.m. ET Sunday morning, according to the website.
Ground delays were reported Saturday at Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports due to poor visibility, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Philadelphia International Aiport reported delays averaging just over an hour with 18 cancellations as of early afternoon. Boston's Logan airport also had many cancellations, through airport officials did not provide numbers, and almost all evening flights out of Rhode Island's main airport, T.F. Green Airport in Providence, were canceled.
Meanwhile, investigators were still trying to determine what caused a massive multi-vehicle accident Friday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was shut for more than seven hours early in the day after more than 50 cars and big rigs collided in multiple accidents. Twenty-seven people were injured, though their injuries were not life-threatening, said Renee Vid Colborn, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
In Lancaster, Pa., NBC affiliate WGAL-TV returned to the air at midday — more than 20 hours after ceasing its live broadcast when a portion of its station roof collapsed. Up to 10 roof collapses due to the heavy snow also were reported in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, NBC New York reported.
Areas of the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast that were hit hard by a powerful storm on Thursday and Friday were slowly returning to normal.
But around 150,000 residences — mainly in the Southeast — remained without power as of midday, including around 60,000 in Georgia, 14,016 in North Carlina and 81,594 in South Carolina.
The death toll from the late-week storm also was rising, as authorities on Saturday found the wreckage of a Cessna 210 aircraft near Trussville, Ala. The Birmingham News reported that two people were killed in the crash, apparently the pilot and his wife.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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First published February 15 2014, 1:24 PM