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Winter Storm Slams New England

February 26, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ Schools and businesses shut down and thousands of flights were canceled Thursday as a Nor’easter dumped heavy snow across coastal New England.

Plows couldn’t keep up on Cape Cod and the coast south of Boston as the storm dumped 16 inches on West Dennis. In Portland, Maine, 8 inches had fallen by early evening.

The snow began falling early Thursday in New England, bursting inland from the Atlantic Ocean before dawn. By nightfall, snow was falling in New York City and its suburbs, though forecasters did not expect much accumulation.

Several thousand homes lost power on Cape Cod and Nantucket on Thursday night. The Red Cross set up emergency shelters on the Cape.

Ferry service was canceled to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, where a state of emergency was declared.

At Logan International Airport in Boston, more than half the flights were canceled, though few of the 35,000 travelers affected were stranded because of advance notice, airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said.

The speed limit on the entire Maine Turnpike was lowered to 45 mph. Massachusetts officials reported dozens of minor accidents.

Still, some welcomed the snow.

``It’s beautiful, light, pretty. It slows everything down,″ said Christine Soltys on the train platform in Swampscott. ``Everyone moves too fast. Life needs to slow down a little bit.″

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