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Residents annoyed by constant snowfall across the Northeast prepare to wake up for more snow. (Reuters)
February 15
WEATHER
Northeast expects snow into Sunday

Another round of snow made its way through the Northeast and into New England on Saturday, dumping another heaping of snow on a region that continues to dig out from a previous storm.

New England was expected to be hit hardest by the latest blast of winter weather. The National Weather Service called for 10 to 14 inches of snow in eastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. Eight to 10 inches was to fall in Connecticut along its Rhode Island border. The newest storm was expected to spawn blizzard conditions along the Massachusetts coastline, including Cape Ann, Hingham, Cape Cod and surrounding islands.

Elsewhere, forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow in some areas of Maine beginning Saturday night. Six to 10 inches of snow was expected for southeastern New Hampshire through Sunday. Farther south, New York City’s Central Park received 1½ inches of new snow. In eastern Pennsylvania, from two to five inches fell before the storm moved out Saturday evening.

— Associated Press

SOUTH CAROLINA
Earthquake felt in Georgia, Carolinas

The snow and ice dumped by an unusually severe winter storm were melting, once-frigid temperatures were rising and residents of South Carolina and Georgia finally had begun to relax.

Then the earth shuddered.

A small earthquake shook both states late Friday, shaking homes and rattling residents in those states and in North Carolina.

The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Web site. It was centered seven miles west of Edgefield, S.C., and was felt as far west as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, N.C., each about 150 miles away.

“It’s a large quake for that area,” said USGS geophysicist Dale Grant. “It was felt all over the place.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported that two nearby dams on the Savannah River appeared to be undamaged, but planned a thorough inspection Saturday morning, an official Edgefield County Emergency Preparedness Director Mike Caseysaid.

— Associated Press

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