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BOSTON — The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast is expected to bring blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts and leave behind as much as 18 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service says winds Monday could gust up to 65 mph in the hardest hit areas.

The rest of eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and most of Connecticut are under a winter storm warning and could get as much as 10 inches of snow.

Northern New England down to the New York area are expected to get less snow.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

At this time last year, Mainers were digging out from record snows and bundling up in the sub-zero cold. And while it has been snowing hard in much of the state Friday, this winter has been an exception.

A storm that was originally expected to give parts of Maine a dusting has moved closer to shore, bringing nearly a foot of snow to parts of the state and closing hundreds of schools and businesses.

The National Weather Service says Down East Maine could see the greatest amounts.

Meteorologist Mal Walker in Caribou says Maine’s eastern tip could see up to 11 inches. Forecasters say the York County coast to the south could see up to 8 inches of snow.

Bill Trotter / Bangor Daily News

By Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Ever since 1986, when Congress set a limit on how much Acadia can expand, residents and officials of surrounding towns have felt reassured that their towns would not be swallowed up by an ever-growing national park.

WASHINGTON — An energy bill that hit the floor of the U.S. Senate this week could provide assistance to the biomass energy industry.