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US Snowfall: winter storm socked New England with heavy snow and high winds

A winter storm socked New England with heavy snow and high winds on Friday (December 30), with some areas receiving more than 24 inches (60 cm) of snowfall, the U.S. National Weather Service said. Winter storm warnings and advisories were in effect for areas stretching from northern New York through most of Maine, where the storm left tens of thousands without power.

Much of Maine received double-digit snowfall, the National Weather Service said, with Oxford County, in southern Maine, reporting 27 inches in some locations.In New Hampshire, snowfall was less, but the National Weather Service reported areas receiving more than a foot of snow in Carroll County, on the border with Maine.

A winter storm warning for parts of West Virginia and western Maryland was in effect until Friday afternoon. Central Maine Power said 91,000 customers were without power as of Friday morning, adding that hundreds, including crews from other states and Canada, were working to restore power but that the efforts could take several days in some areas.

Nearly 15,000 customers of Emera Maine were without power, according to an outage list on the power company's website.Prior to the storm's arrival on Friday night, authorities told residents to prepare for the storm, though some in Maine, where winter storms are not uncommon, struck a tongue-in-cheek tone.

"Blowing snow will cause whiteout conditions. While lashing a rope to yourself might be an option, it is better to stay inside if at all possible," the Bangor, Maine Police Department said on Facebook.

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