New England Gears Up for March’s Third Major Winter Storm

Major Winter Storm

Winter-weary New England is gearing up for yet another major storm that is expected to dump heavy snow starting Monday night.

A large swath of the region is expected to get more than a foot of snow, with Boston bracing for up to 18 inches. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Massachusetts coast as the storm neared.

“It seems like this one s going to be a big one,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Monday. The city closed schools for Tuesday while the mayor urged employers to let workers stay home.

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including the morning commute on Tuesday and possibly the evening commute” as well, the weather service’s Taunton, Mass., office said.

Boston’s transit agency said subway, trolley and commuter-train lines would run on reduced schedules, while Amtrak suspended Tuesday trains between Boston and New York until at least 11 a.m.

Airlines, meantime, had canceled nearly 1,100 Tuesday flights to, from or within the U.S. by Monday afternoon, according to

The region has already been hammered by two major nor’easters in March. The first caused major coastal flooding in Massachusetts while the second caused particularly severe power outages, knocking out service for hundreds of thousands of New England customers last week, when heavy, cement-like snow coated tree limbs and power lines.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said it may need to deploy all of its equipment—including more than 3,400 plows—for the first time this year because the storm is expected to blanket the whole state.

There is at least one silver lining for the region, as Tuesday’s snow is forecast to be much drier than last week’s batch, which means widespread tree damage and power outages aren’t expected, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said. Still, wind gusts up to 65 miles an hour in southeastern Massachusetts could stress tree limbs, said Kim Buttrick, a local National Weather Service meteorologist.

Because spring really is nearing, with days growing longer and temperatures in the 40s on the horizon, the snow should at least melt fairly quickly, Ms. Buttrick said.

“We’re not going to be embedded in a winter prison,” she said.

The storm is also expected to dump heavy snow on Long Island, where Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the county’s eastern end could get up to 10 inches. The federal courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., will close due to the snow, delaying the public-corruption trial of Ed Mangano, a former Nassau County executive accused of bribery and other crimes. Opening statements had been expected Tuesday.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo said state offices will remain closed on Tuesday .

—Corinne Ramey contributed to this article.

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