New England Digs Out After Snowstorm


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Much of New England appeared to be quickly recovering from snowstorms that have pummeled the region and snarled air traffic across the Northeast.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said the city's snow emergency and parking ban will be lifted at 9 a.m. Thursday, but public schools will be closed as crews continue clearing roads. He urged citizens to use public transportation.

Amtrak, which had suspended rail service between New York City and points north was to resume Thursday.

"Amtrak plans to operate a normal schedule from New York City to points in New England and Upstate New York on Thursday, January 13," the Amtrak website said. "Crews have repaired damage from a winter storm that curtailed Amtrak service north of New Haven, CT."

Forecasters said accumulation in scattered areas across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont could reach between 25 and 34 inches, while most areas expected 8 to 16 inches of snow.

Snowfall in the heaviest areas reached rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Some residents in Brattleboro, Vermont, donned cross-country skis as they traveled down snow-jammed roads, while their neighbors heaved shovelfuls of snow out of driveways and sidewalks, said town resident Caleb Clark.

Less than 4,300 households were without power in Massachusetts, including thousands of customers in Plymouth County who were affected by a transmission-line outage, the National Grid utility company's website said early Thursday.