Northeast dealing with heavy rains, snow, wind from slow-moving storm
A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing drenching wind-blown rain to coastal areas, wet snow inland and a wintry mix to the New England states.
The storm made for sloppy, slippery commutes Tuesday across southern New England, where state police responded to dozens of crashes and spin-outs on icy roads, some involving their own cruisers. Nine passengers on a commuter bus involved in an accident in Connecticut were hospitalized, and one person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on an icy upstate New York highway.
With heavy rain falling, flood warnings were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts. New York City had nearly 2 ½ inches of rain my midday Tuesday. Some coastal areas were also seeing winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.
Certain higher elevations could get 2 feet of snow through Thursday before the storm moves out. Forecasters warned that heavy, wet snow and gusty winds could combine to bring down tree limbs and power lines.
Vermont's largest electric utility reported about 12,000 power outages by Tuesday evening. State Police said multiple tractor trailers were stuck on Route 9 between Bennington and Wilmington, prompting the Transportation Agency to close the section of road.
New Hampshire State Police are urging drivers to stay off roads, if possible. By Tuesday night, troopers had responded to at least 82 accidents, including more than 50 vehicles that slid off slick roads.
The heavily traveled Interstate 95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston was spared big accumulations of snow, but winter storm warnings and weather advisories were issued for inland parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and northern New England.
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