Cleanup, power repairs begin as spring nor’easter moves on

By | 04/05/2024 01:02 PM EDT

Nearly 700,000 customers, most of them in Maine and New Hampshire, were without electricity at one point.

Phil Cloutier removes heavy, wet snow after an early-spring Nor'easter, Thursday, April 4, 2024, in Portland, Maine.

Phil Cloutier removes heavy, wet snow Thursday after an early-spring nor'easter in Portland, Maine. David Sharp/AP

Snow showers lingered Friday as the cleanup began following a major spring storm that brought heavy snow, rain and high winds to the Northeast, left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power, and contributed to at least two deaths.

Well over a foot of snow, accompanied by gusty winds, was reported in many parts of northern New England by Thursday evening. Some areas got closer to 2 feet.

“This is a lot of heavy, wet snow,” said Shawn Black, manager of the Wolfeboro Inn in New Hampshire, which got over a foot. “And the wind is out of the northeast, so it’s really not nice in a sense of temperature-wise, especially when the speed gets up to gusts of 55 mph. While I was out on the snowblower I could really feel my forehead just go numb.”


Stowe, Vermont, reported 20 inches of snow, the National Weather Service office in Burlington reported. The agency’s office in Gray, Maine, said it had 17.4 inches. The Concord Municipal Airport in New Hampshire was on the lower end, at 7.4 inches.