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Nor'easter Spreads Snow, Wind, Rain Across Northeast

UPDATED 9 AM EST, November 8, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal and James West

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A nor`easter is finally making its exit from the New England coast, bringing an end to the season`s first heavy snow to parts of the Northeast and New England. High winds will cause more problems along the Long Island and New England coasts through this afternoon.

The storm is centered off the southeastern Massachusetts coast this morning, spinning northward and northeastward. It will track near Nantucket and Cape Cod before scooting through the Gulf of Maine and away from the U.S. coast.

This path continues to bring strong winds along the Eastern Seaboard, with 50 to 60 mph gusts near the center of the storm. Cape Cod and the nearby islands will see these strongest winds. A bit further away, 40 to 50 mph gusts will thrash Long Island and southeastern Massachusetts, with 30 to 40 mph gusts from New Jersey to Maine. Cities such as New York City, Atlantic City and Newark, N.J., Hartford, Conn., Providence, R.I., and Boston to Portland, Maine, will all see high winds.

Strong gusts as high as 68 mph were recorded on Nantucket, with Eastham, Mass., recording 66 mph gusts. Montauk, N.Y., clocked in with 46 mph gusts this morning.

High Wind Warnings stretch along the southeastern Massachusetts coast, with central and southeastern New England under a Wind Advisory.

Beyond the high winds, the nor`easter is giving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic a rude re-introduction to winter. A heavy, wet snow fell late Wednesday and overnight across the great New York City area and southern New England. Some lingering snow is falling this morning, but the main event has ended as the nor'easter continues to move away to the east.

The highest amount of snow fell across southern and northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, where more than 8 inches of snow was reported, including 12 inches measured in North Haven. The greater New York City area received most of its snow last night and early this morning with Queens, N.Y., seeing 7 inches of snow and Freehold, N.J., recording 9.5 inches of snow.

Another 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall across southern New England this morning, before the storm pulls away and brings the snow to a conclusion. A mix of snow and sleet will produce 1 to 3 inches accumulations across Maine and southern New Hampshire.

Winter Weather Advisories stretch across eastern Maine.

The good news is that the storm will bring about a sorely-needed weather pattern shift for the Eastern U.S. this weekend and for the following week. Gone will be the stormy pattern, replaced by high pressure and a warming trend through the upcoming Veterans` Day weekend.

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