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NWS: 10 inches of snow possible on Cape Cod

February 17, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Another weekend snow storm could drop as much as 10 inches Sunday on parts of New England still buried by last week’s mammoth storm.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Boston, where the National Weather Service said 6 to 8 inches of snow could fall by Sunday night. Heavier snow — up to 10 inches — is possible on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Strong winds are expected to accompany the snow, gusting up to 50 mph.

Farther north, a blizzard watch is in effect for parts of Down East and Northeast Maine, where 10 inches of snow is possible along with wind gusts in excess of 50 mph. The National Weather Service warned that whiteout conditions are likely with near-zero visibility because of blowing, drifting snow.

The storm isn’t expected to be the epic event of last week, which dropped up to 3 feet of snow on some areas and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of utility customers. Cape Cod, which could get the worst of the coming storm, had between 8 and 17 inches of snow.

But officials said the storm will be plenty bad enough at its peak to keep residents indoors.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said crews pretreated roads and plows would be working through the night, but travel could still be treacherous in the morning.

“I’m asking residents to use common sense, and stay off the roads while snowfall is heaviest tomorrow,” he said.

Meteorologist Matthew Belk said Providence can also expect 6 to 8 inches while central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire could get up to 6 inches.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras instituted a parking ban starting at 10 p.m. Saturday until further notice to ensure plows have room to clear the snow. Pawtucket also banned parking starting at midnight and ending 6 p.m. Sunday.

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