Gusts approached 70 miles per hour (112 kph) on Cape Cod, the weather service said. "Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some", said Paul Knight, of Portland, Maine, as snow accumulated on his eyebrows.
The winter weather was far from over.
The storm, qualified as a "bomb cyclone", punished MA and Rhode Island particularly hard.
Gusty winds will remain most of the day throughout the Northeast with the strongest winds in New England.
Road and air travel also was disrupted: Slick roads were blamed for at least one death in North Carolina, and flight-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 1,500 cancelled flights.
Miami residents Ashley Pozo, 21, and Ray Milo, 25, who we visiting friends in Boston, were stuck at the airport after their Tuesday flight was canceled.
Amtrak has suspended service between Boston and New York City through Tuesday night but will restore the line to travelers on Wednesday.
Although the latest storm was not expected to bring as many power outages as a nor'easter last week because the snow is lighter and fluffier, more than 30,000 customers in MA lost power Tuesday morning.
"Coastal areas could see 40 or 50 miles per hour winds", he said.
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"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.
"If I lost power, we'd (still) celebrate Mass", Healey said.
At the Yotel hotel in Boston's Seaport neighbourhood, guests were busy rescheduling their flights over breakfast or, in the case of 80-year-old Roy Zaloom of Ramsey, New Jersey, preparing for a morning drive back home with his family. "It'll hit New England the hardest".
Light snow is still falling across the region, and will begin tapering off through the evening.
Boston experienced blizzard conditions Tuesday, with officials estimating almost 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine. By afternoon, power outages climbed to more than 250,000 just in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and CT.
In New Hampshire, as much as 14 inches of snow was forecast, and the storm was wreaking havoc with the age-old town meeting tradition.
Vernon Township called off classes for a 12th time Tuesday after a snow storm dropped approximately 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow across northwestern New Jersey.
In Rhode Island, the snow did not stop residents from getting to church.