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Late winter storm sends snow, sleet to New England


The Canadian Press
March 19, 2013 — A mid-March storm is sending a final blow of winter weather to snow-weary New England residents.


Late winter storm resulted in an icy commute across the U.S. Northeast Tuesday
Late winter storm resulted in an icy commute across the U.S. Northeast Tuesday

A last blast of winter blew through the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, with snow and sleet delaying the start of school in some areas and making the morning commute an icy, slippery mess a day before spring starts.

The nasty weather led some schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut to close, adding a few more snow days to school calendars. 

The storm pushed into the region late Monday and is expected to continue to bring snow through the day on Tuesday.

While some residents say they're completely sick of the winter weather, others were welcoming the forecast and an extended ski season. 

Just a year ago this week, local temperatures hit the mid to high 20s, prompting skiers in Maine to strip down to shorts and bikini tops and forcing an end to the season at many mountains. 

At Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, communications manager Patrick Brown said more snow now could make spring the best time of year for many. 

"Skiers like both of those things: great sunny warm days and lots of snow," Brown said.

As much as 50 cm of snow is forecast in parts of northern New England
As much as 50 cm of snow is forecast in parts of northern New England

The forecasts called for as much as 50 cm of snow in parts of northern New England, with lesser amounts mixed with sleet further south.

Boston and Providence, R.I., could each get 10-20 cm, and Hartford, Conn., 10-20 cm of snow and sleet. 

The likelihood of school cancellations Tuesday led Massachusetts officials to postpone the English composition section of its standardized state test until next Monday, to keep all schools on the same test date.

Boston, which kept schools open for the most recent storm, cancelled classes for Tuesday. 

After a storm earlier this month dumped over 30 cm of snow in some areas and caused coastal flooding in Massachusetts, some New Englanders weren't looking forward to more winter weather.

With files from CNN

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