A winter storm battered parts of New England on Saturday, bringing high winds and heavy snow that knocked out power to more than 250,000 customers across the region.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for much of New England. The storm will most likely wind down by Sunday evening, as it pulls into the Canadian Maritimes, but that’s not before it could leave about a foot of snow across the region.
Residents in Maine were feeling the brunt of the storm as more than 193,000 were left without power on Sunday morning, Central Maine Power reported.
Weather forecasters said it was very likely that northern Maine could get an additional four inches of snow. Some areas, especially those in higher terrain, could see another eight inches of snow on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Weather Service warned that the combination of heavy snowfall and strong winds from the powerful storm would lead to hazardous travel conditions with whiteout visibilities.
Roberta Grady, a business consultant who lives in Hooksett, N.H., just north of Manchester, lost her power as she and her husband were cutting the base of their Christmas tree with an electric saw. “He blew a circuit” was her first thought, she said, before realizing that the loss of power was from the storm.
They have a generator, which they were using to power their heat and their refrigerator, as well as the television in their living room, where the cable was still working, she said in a phone interview on Saturday evening.
She said they were set to watch the movie “White Christmas,” a tradition while setting up the tree.
Although her home had been spared any damage, she said a tree had fallen onto a friend’s shed.
“The snow is super heavy,” said Ms. Grady, who estimated that four inches of snow had fallen in Hooksett. It was so dense that it was causing bushes and tree limbs to droop. “It’s going to be a long night,” she said.
Christine Gagnon, a UPS driver in New Hampshire, was stuck in a cul-de-sac in Bedford, near Manchester, when a tree fell, blocking the exit. A resident appeared with a chain saw and was able to cut enough room for a car to get through.
“Thankfully I got out and delivered my last package and was done for the day,” Ms. Gagnon said in a text message.
The Weather Service warned that strong winds could also bring high surf, coastal flooding and beach erosion to the New England coast.
Christina Morales contributed reporting.