Winter Storm Mars slammed into the New England coast on Monday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds, and other parts of the eastern United States are expected to see rain and snow from a second storm emerging from the Midwest.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm and blizzard warnings from New York's Long Island all the way to northern Maine, and reported snow accumulations of as much as 9 inches in some Massachusetts towns by mid-afternoon Monday, along with winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour. As the storm moved across Cape Cod, wind speed exceeded 50 miles per hour, and visibility was reduced to less than a quarter mile according to the Boston Globe.
Fortunately motorists heeded official warnings and pretty much stayed off the roads in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a press conference. "We appreciate that the public appears to be taking this storm seriously," he told reporters.
As Mars exits New England on Monday evening, cleanup crews will in New Hampshire will have to work quickly to clear the roads and sidewalks to accommodate voters heading to the polls in that state's closely-watched presidential primary elections on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a separate storm is expected to spread across the Mid-Atlantic region through Tuesday night. While the storm will bring only a light to moderate accumulation of snow in most places, road surfaces could become slushy and slippery, according to AccuWeather.
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The forecasting organization predicted that the heaviest snow - between 6 and 12 inches - would fall over the mountains along the borders of Virginia, West Virginia, western Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania. Fortunately, that's a lot less than the 20 to 40 inches that fell during the previous big storm in late January.