Second Snowstorm This Week Hits Northeast: How Big Is The Blizzard? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on December 30, 2012 11:45 AM EST

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A second snowstorm in a week disrupts the Northeast (Photo: Reuters)

A brutal Christmas storm system traveled from coast to coast, depositing thick snow from California to New England, during the holidays as thousands of families had their travel plans disrupted and even lost power in their homes.

This weekend, a second winter storm in a week began to fall over the Northeast and upper Ohio River Valley.

Snow began to fall steadily Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning. Some areas in New England reported power outages but no critical injuries or major property damages were reported.

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According to National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera, southern New England appeared to be hit the hardest. Snowfall in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and eastern Massachusetts ranged from six to 12 inches of snow. Some regions saw residents lose power after snow piled on the power lines. In New Hampton, New Hampshire, approximately 20 vehicles came together in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 93 due to the storm conditions. Five people were injured. As for Cape Cod and the city of Boston, snowfall was a less severe two to four inches with a mixture of rain.

Cities just below New England including New York City and Philadelphia experienced a mixture of rain and snow, causing city officials to caution its drivers during the holiday commute. In fact, the Pennsylvania Turnpike speed limit was lowered from 65 mph to 45 mph. What's more, Philadelphia Int'l Airport saw flight delays of about an hour.

In New York State's capital of Albany, a regional jet skidded into a snowbank in an attempt for take off en route to Chicago. 66 passengers and four crew members of GoJet Airlines reboarded a bus and were shuttled back to the airport terminal. Thankfully, the incident did not cause injury.

While this storm brought along its share of trouble to the Northeastern states, weather service meteorologist Marty Rausch insists that the storm "shouldn't be as heavy with the previous storm."

Be sure to check out scenes of the latest snowstorm in the video below:

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