Snow intensifies ahead of evening commute as storm hits US Northeast

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At least nine people died from Friday's storm. An 88-year-old woman was killed in Suffern, New York, on Wednesday by a downed tree.

Some 900,000 homes are already without power and this figure is likely to rise as the storm continues to develop. He's using headlamps to navigate inside his home. She said many trees that crashed into cars and homes and blocked streets during the last storm had yet to be removed.

Parts of NY and New England will continue to see snowfall at rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour into the overnight hours, forecasters said.

This storm, which is the second nor'easter within a week, is bringing rain and snow to the Northeast through the end of the week, the National Weather Service said.

By early Thursday morning, the snow will be lingering in Boston and heavy snow will remain in northern New England.

The storm is expected to pack wind gusts of 30 to 50 miles per hour.

In Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage also closed state offices and encouraged residents to stay off roads "unless it is an absolute emergency". Some communities outside Philadelphia, such as Rosemont and Wrightstown Township, recorded more than 1 foot of snow. "We will hold utility companies accountable to the people of New Jersey".

Accumulation varied wildly across short distances. Up to 18 inches were possible in northern New England.

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More snow and fierce wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour (88 km/h) were expected from eastern NY through northern ME on Thursday after the storm slammed the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo deployed 400 National Guard troops to conduct wellness checks and assist with storm recovery.

And now, parts of Pennsylvania could receive between eight and 12 inches of snow this week; parts of NY can anticipate seven to 11 inches of snow; and parts of MA should prepare for as many as 15 inches of snow. Known as "thundersnow", it's snow paired with lightning and resulting thunder. The cities themselves were mostly spared: Philadelphia saw about 6 inches, New York City say 3 to 4 inches and Boston saw 6.4 inches.

Amtrak suspended or reduced some service in affected areas. Amtrak suspended trains between NY and Boston.

The Metro-North Railroad, which serves parts of NY and CT, was operating on a reduced schedule.

Are you ready for yet another big coastal storm?

The wet, heavy snow and high winds that bashed much of the region Wednesday and Thursday knocked down trees and toppled power lines. A European model, however, points to the system moving farther out over the Atlantic, having little or no impact on the Northeast.

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