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New England Cleanup on Hold for Yet Another Snowstorm

Crews were working tirelessly to clear snow-covered roads and homes in New England before another storm slams the region over the weekend.

Here we go again.

Yet another winter storm is headed for northern New England, expected to bring tropical storm-force winds and as much as 18 inches of new snow to a region still tunneling out from under 3 feet of it earlier this week, forecasters said Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued another winter storm warning Thursday for all of Maine and parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts north of Boston beginning Friday morning through Saturday night. Drifting snow driven by strong wind gusts could again make travel life-threatening, and the conditions will put a hold on cleanup efforts already under way.

"This is everyone's worse nightmare that lives here," said Bob Tetrault of Marshfield, Massachusetts, where a direct hit from this week's blizzard shattered a seawall, ripped decks clear off houses and encrusted chain-link fences with ice.

Marshfield, Massachusetts, police Lt. Steve Marcolini surveys a section of sea wall that broke during this week's blizzard.John Brecher / NBC News

Snow resumed falling Thursday night in Boston, at the southern edge of the warning area. Most of Boston and major cities south of it were expected to get only about 1 to 3 inches of new snow and brisk winds through the weekend, but for the northern suburbs of Boston to the Canadian border, "this is going to be a huge wind event" with up to a foot and a half of new snow and gusts to 50 mph for eastern Maine, including Bangor, said Samantha Mohr, a forecaster for The Weather Channel.

The National Weather Service warned of dangerous travel conditions and poor visibility through the weekend, urging residents of northern New England to travel only in emergencies.

On Massachusetts' Nantucket island, power had been restored to 92 percent of customers by Thursday night, but many residents still couldn't get out of their homes.

"It looks like a disaster zone," said Don Van Dyke, a Nantucket resident. "I've never seen it that bad."