Winter storm with heavy snows, fierce winds targets New England

Dec 29 (Reuters) - A winter storm is expected to dump heavy snows and produce fierce winds in New England on Thursday evening and into Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

More than a foot of snow (30 cm) and 50 mph (80 kph) winds are forecast from the Adirondacks Mountains in upstate New York to western Maine, leading to possible white-out conditions on roads and power outages, the weather service said in an advisory.

The storm will make travel across much of the region hazardous, the weather service said.

Storm and high wind watches and warnings were in effect for much of the region until Friday morning as snow fall rates could be as much as 3 inches (8 cm) an hour in some parts, according to the service.

Forecasters predict temperatures will be in the mid 20s and lower 30s on Thursday and Friday and dip into the teens on Saturday.

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A Lake Michigan winter sunset illuminates the ices that encapsulates the St. Joseph northern pier.

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Late afternoon image of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse located southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

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The ice-covered Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse is seen momentarily illuminated by sunlight, near Cleveland, Ohio, in this photograph taken and released by the U.S. Coast Guard December 14, 2010. High winds and subzero air temperatures have caused waves to crash onto lighthouses and other aids to navigation all across the Great Lakes, and freeze, coating the structures and their lights in multiple layers of ice.

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Ice covers a house near Scituate Lighthouse after waves washed over the seawall during a Nor'easter winter storm in Scituate, MA. , 20 miles south of Boston, MA on January 3, 2014. The winter storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow on the Boston area with temperatures hovering near zero.

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Japan, Hokkaido, Abashiri, View of lighthouse at Cape Notoro with sea of okhotsk.

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The lighthouse of Westerhever in winter, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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Portland Head Light in snowstorm. Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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Lighthouse in Winter time.

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Winter landscape scene of Peggy's Cove lighthouse, Nova Scotia Canada, with covering of snow on rocks.

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Winter scene of the frozen sea al Lighthouse Point, New Haven, Connecticut.

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Ice accumulates on the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan.

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