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Snow Blankets Northeast, New England

UPDATED 12:45 AM EST, December 30, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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The third major storm to strike the Northeast in a week is blanketing much of southern New England in heavy snow tonight. Snowfall has piled up almost a foot deep in spots, and will continue into the early daylight hours on Sunday.

An area of low pressure spinning northeastward near Cape Cod is mixing Atlantic moisture with cold Canadian air, leading to a heavy snowstorm for portions of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. A ribbon of snowfall totaling 8 to 11 inches exists from south-central Connecticut to central Massachusetts, including 10.5 inches in Glastonbury, Conn.

As the storm continues to move northeastward tonight, waves of snow will continue across western New England, with another 3 to 6 inches possible before it all winds down around sunrise. Areas that have seen mainly rain, including Cape Cod, will see snowflakes flying overnight as the cold air gets entrenched.

Winter Storm Warnings are in place across Rhode Island, much of Connecticut, most of Massachusetts, eastern New Hampshire, as well as coastal Maine, while Winter Weather Advisories stretch from western Massachusetts to central Maine.

While southern New England is now the focus of this storm, it wasn`t its first target. Wayne, N.J., received 6 inches of the white stuff, while Philadelphia saw 2 to 4 inches of snow. Grantsville, Md., totaled 7 inches of fresh powder, with similar totals in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh.

This is the third major storm to bring heavy snow since Christmas Eve. One storm, the day after Christmas, brought similar totals to parts of western Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The good news is that dry weather is expected on Sunday in these same areas as high pressure builds into place. However, below-average temperatures and gusty winds will make for a bitter end to the weekend. Meanwhile, a weak wave will move through on New Year`s Day, but will only bring a chance of a few flurries or snow showers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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