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Another storm hits New England

Greater Boston is getting another dose of snow that will continue into Saturday but forecasts indicate the storm will not be as disruptive as the winter blast the same region experienced on Tuesday night.

However, other portions of Massachusetts and the three northern New England states are not going to be as fortunate.

Many portions of Northeast Massachusetts could get between 4 and 8 inches of new snow by midday Saturday, while up to 24 inches could fall in some portions of Maine.

 1-2 more feet of snow expected in Maine

Weather reports have been changing constantly since Friday morning because of the uncertainty of the exact path of the storm coming out of the Ohio Valley that will slip off the southern New England coast and then was expected to move northeast into the Gulf of Maine before moving slowly out to sea late Saturday night.

The National Weather Service said the Boston area, which received little accumulation Friday afternoon, was expected to get a mixture of rain and snow Friday night, and then just snow on Saturday morning, which would leave a total accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.

And while many Bostonians Friday afternoon were welcoming the news about their area, others were already experiencing slippery highway conditions on roads near the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border.

The new storm also brought rush-hour problems for motorists making their way onto Cape Cod as well as those movings on parts of Route 128.

Traffic reports on radio and online told of icing conditions on the Bourne Bridge, which made it necessary for a short period to shut down the bridge until it could be sanded.

Slippery conditions on Route 128 between the Mass. Pike and Burlington slowed traffic to a crawl.

And because many people wanted to get an early start home from work, the Southeast Expressway was reported jammed from the city to the split in Braintree.

Meanwhile, forecasters said although Cape Ann should have seen a change over to rain at some point Friday night, snow will eventually return and by Saturday morning it could have 4 to 8 inches more of new snow. Cape Ann was already reporting a total snowfall over some 114 inches this season.

The coastal area on the New Hampshire-Maine border could have between 10 inches and a foot by the time the storm ends.

The winter weather warnings for northern New England , meanwhile, say that anywhere from 12 to 24 inches of snow can be expected in the foothills of Maine with the mountain areas across western Maine and northern New England receiving up to 20 inches of new snow. The storm could run any where from 24 to 30 hours, the NWS at Gray, Maine, said.

Meanwhile, NWS forecasters in Burlington, Vt., are warning that much of that state could get anywhere from 7 to 14 inches of snow by Saturday night.

Incidentally, for those who might not have been around on Tuesday the Boston area was hit by a mixture of sleet and snow and a commute that found many motorists constantly battling the problem of wind-blown snow limiting visibility to only a couple of car-lengths and windshield wipers being iced up to a point that people had to keep stopping and freeing them of ice.

As a result those with commutes that normally run 45 minutes or a hour spent nearly 3 hours on the road making their way home.

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