TAUNTON, Mass. - A winter storm is winding down across New England but not before bringing blizzard conditions to some areas, power outages to others and making Christmas travel treacherous.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning through 5 p.m. on Monday for portions of central and northern Maine. Forecasters warned that snow and wind gusts up to 50 mph could make travel "dangerous to impossible."
The largest snow accumulations on Monday were in northern New England, with the National Weather Service reporting 13 inches reported on the ground in New Gloucester, Maine.
We are seeing accidents and slide offs because of the snow. This pic from #Natick where police are helping a driver who slid off the #MassPike. @ShiriSpear is tracking the snow totals and says the next 3 hours could be difficult to drive. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/p8UlAPp5bp— Daniel Miller (@Daniel_Miller8) December 25, 2017
A rare blizzard warning was issued for portions of New Hampshire and Maine.
Per ATC, no runways available right now at Boston Logan Airport due to near blizzard conditions and plowing operations.— NWS CWSU BOSTON (@NWSCWSUZBW) December 25, 2017
Boston tower reports current white out at Boston Airport, zero visibility. nothing moving on ground. No runways available— NWS CWSU BOSTON (@NWSCWSUZBW) December 25, 2017
After almost an hour of near blizzard conditions, It's official, ATC reports one runway now available for arrival and departures at @BostonLogan .— NWS CWSU BOSTON (@NWSCWSUZBW) December 25, 2017
Less snow fell in southern New England with most areas reporting 4 inches or less on the ground. But winds were equally fierce — especially along the south coast of Massachusetts.
Holiday traffic was relatively light on most highways but some skidding accidents were reported. The Massachusetts Turnpike speed limit was reduced to 40 mph.
TRAVEL ALERT: Speed limit reduced to 40 mph for entire stretch of Mass Pike due to weather conditions. pic.twitter.com/8beLX1gy6y— Boston 25 News (@boston25) December 25, 2017
In addition to slowing travel, the storm was responsible for some power outages.
At 1 p.m., Eversource was reporting more than 14,000 customers without power, the bulk of them on Cape Cod.
A 73 mph wind gust was reported in Falmouth and a 66 mph gust was felt on Nantucket.
Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford was open but reporting some weather-related flight delays.
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