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State and Nation

March 8, 2013

Late-winter storm hampers New England

— BOSTON (AP) — A slow-moving storm centered far out in the Atlantic Ocean dropped up to a foot of snow in New England, caused coastal flooding in Massachusetts and slowed the morning commute in the region to a slushy crawl.

In Massachusetts, flooding at the morning high tide closed some coastal roads north and south of Boston. On Plum Island, north of Boston, an unoccupied home fell into the ocean, apparently a victim of high tide, according to the Newburyport Daily News.

Snow and accidents were making the morning commute in Connecticut difficult for a second-straight day on Friday.

Schools across the region remaining closed, and thousands of homes and businesses remained without power.

Lisa Parisella was ready to dig out her sandals with spring less than two weeks away. But instead, the Beverly, Mass., woman found herself donning her winter boots for a trip to the grocery store Friday to make sure she had enough food for her kids, staying home from school because the slow-moving storm hit Massachusetts harder than expected.

"I was like OK, kids home, I need to go get some food," said Parisella, 47, an office manager who took the day off. "This was unexpected. They were broadcasting between and one and eight inches, so I assumed it was going to be one. I was ready to start decorating for spring. I was thinking, March, ready to take out the sandals, and I'm taking out the boots again."

Beverly got off comparatively easy, with just six inches of snow early Friday.

Some parts of the state had a foot or more by midmorning, with more expected before the storm peters out early in the afternoon. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 1 p.m.

In Scituate, Mass., a shoreline town about 20 miles south of Boston, police Chief Brian Stewart breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning after high tide.

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