A powerful late-winter storm battered New England Tuesday, bringing strong winds, heavy snow, and rain to the region and leaving thousands across Massachusetts without power.
About 33,000 customers, most of whom were concentrated in Western Massachusetts, were without power as of 3 a.m.
Snow is expected to continue falling across southern New England, with areas of higher elevation seeing the most snow.
Forecasters anticipate Fitchburg will have seen more than 15 inches of snow by the time the storm ends, while Worcester will get about 11. Boston is expected to see more than 5 inches, according to the weather service.
By the time the storm moves out, Providence is expected to see about 3.5 inches of snow while northern Rhode Island is set to get the highest snowfall amounts in the state.
A winter storm warning is in effect through 8 a.m. Wednesday in most of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, northern Rhode Island, and parts of northern Connecticut. A winter weather advisory is in effect Tuesday evening for portions of eastern Massachusetts, with wind gusts between 45 to 65 miles per hour.
“Things may get quite messy across this region during the afternoon,” forecasters said.
In the Gloucester area, wind gusts could reach as high as 65 mph through early Wednesday morning, while Newburyport, Provincetown, and parts of the Vineyard could see gusts as high as 60 mph.
Through Thursday morning, there’s a 90 percent probability that Greenfield will see more than 6 inches of snow, and Pittsfield more than 12 inches, according to the weather service.
But there’s a slim chance communities could see far higher totals. There’s a 10 percent chance that Boston will see more than 3 inches of snow, Lawrence more than 7 inches, and Pittsfield more than 15 inches.
The storm is expected to end Wednesday morning for most of the region, but may continue in eastern Massachusetts.
The storm will hit New Hampshire and Maine through Wednesday morning, with the majority of the impacts likely to occur on Tuesday. Power outages, strong wind gusts, and minor coastal flooding are possible.
Communities that could see between 8 inches and 12 inches of snow include Concord, Claremont, and Lebanon. Jaffrey could see between 18 and 24 inches. In Maine, Sanford could see between 12 and 18 inches, Portland 4 to 6 inches, and Auburn 6 to 8 inches.
Meanwhile, parts of Vermont could see between 5 and 14 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts, according to the weather service. Wind gusts could reach 55 mph.
Globe correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.
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