US northeast braces for third nor'easter in two weeks

March 11 (Reuters) - Parts of the U.S. northeast brace for a third powerful winter storm in two weeks that could bring high winds, a foot or more of wet snow and power outages Monday night and into Tuesday, officials said.

At the height of recent storms, known as nor'easters, more than 2 million homes and businesses lost power, seawater churned through the streets of Boston and at least 9 people died across the region.

"This storm won't be as widespread as before," said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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"It'll hit New England the hardest," he added.

Other areas that were severely affected before, including parts of New York, New Jersey and Maryland will see only one-to-four inches of snow this time around, Chenard said.

But blizzard conditions are possible and power outages are a threat for areas in Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, which are under the Winter Storm Watch from Monday evening to Tuesday afternoon, he said.

"Coastal areas could see 40 or 50 mph winds," he said. "The snow will be wet. Combined with the wind, it presents a serious risk of power outages." (Reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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Second nor'easter hits East Coast -- March 2018
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A man walks with his dog during a snow storm in New York, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A woman walks through the snow in the financial district during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A person walks through the snow during a storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A worker clears snow from a walkway in Central Park during a snow storm in New York, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Workers clear snow and slush in the financial district during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A person walks through the snow during a storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A person walks through the snow during a storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A woman walks through the snow in the financial district during a winter nor'easter in New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A person walks their dog through the snow during a storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 7: An art installation by French artist JR features refugees on the facade of Pier 94 during a snowstorm, March 7, 2018 in New York City. This is the second nor'easter to hit the area within a week and is expected to bring heavy snowfall and winds, raising fears of another round of electrical outages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 7: A man rides a bicycle through Times Square during a snowstorm, March 7, 2018 in New York City. This is the second nor'easter to hit the area within a week and is expected to bring heavy snowfall and winds, raising fears of another round of electrical outages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 7: Pedestrians cross an intersection in Times Square during a snowstorm, March 7, 2018 in New York City. This is the second nor'easter to hit the area within a week and is expected to bring heavy snowfall and winds, raising fears of another round of electrical outages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 7: Pedestrians cross an intersection in Times Square during a snowstorm, March 7, 2018 in New York City. This is the second nor'easter to hit the area within a week and is expected to bring heavy snowfall and winds, raising fears of another round of electrical outages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 7: A man crosses Broadway in Lower Manhattan during the start of a snowstorm March 7, 2018 in New York City. This is the second nor'easter to hit the area within a week and is expected to bring heavy snowfall and winds, raising fears of another round of electrical outages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A traveler reads departures boards at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) during Winter Storm Quinn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Philadelphia could get 8 inches, while cities and towns to the northwest may get double that, the weather service said. Airlines have canceled 1,958 flights as of 7 a.m., according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service. Photographer: Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A departures board shows cancelled flights at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) during Winter Storm Quinn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Philadelphia could get 8 inches, while cities and towns to the northwest may get double that, the weather service said. Airlines have canceled 1,958 flights as of 7 a.m., according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service. Photographer: Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Vehicles arrive at departures area of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) during Winter Storm Quinn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Philadelphia could get 8 inches, while cities and towns to the northwest may get double that, the weather service said. Airlines have canceled 1,958 flights as of 7 a.m., according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service. Photographer: Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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