Nor’easter rolls into New England as millions begin cleanup

A person runs through snow and high winds along the Schuylkill River on March 21 in Philadelphia, Penn. The fourth nor’easter in three weeks has forced school closures and flight cancellations on the second day of spring.

By TED SHAFFREY and MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

NEW YORK — The latest nor’easter lost some punch as it rolled into New England on Thursday, as millions of others in the Northeast dug out from the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers and had many wishing for more spring-like weather.

“We’re supposed to be getting ready for Easter, not a nor’easter,” said 46-year-old Raeme Dempsey, as her 6-year-old daughter, Jadalynn, pulled her toward a Philadelphia park so they could see the trees blanketed in freshly fallen snow.

While some parts of Pennsylvania saw more than a foot of snow, major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less. Downtown Philadelphia got 7 inches and New York City’s Central Park recorded a little less than 7.

The storm weakened a bit in the early hours of Thursday, and Boston expected to escape with just a few inches of snow before it tapered off Thursday afternoon. Along the Massachusetts coast, winds gusted to 40 mph (64 kph) and some towns dealt with flooding.

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