Dec 9, 4:27 PM EST

Northeast dealing with heavy rains, snow, wind


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- 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 spinouts 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 multivehicle crash on an icy upstate New York highway.

With heavy rain falling, parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were under flood watches. The National Weather Service said up to 2 inches of rain was expected, though some areas could get up to 4 inches.

Some coastal areas were also seeing winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

In New Hampshire, which awoke Tuesday morning to light snow, freezing rain and sleet, at least 300 schools closed or delayed opening. To the south, in New Jersey, up to 2 1/2 inches of rain fell, causing flooding at parts of the shore.

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.

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 said some outages had been reported by midafternoon Tuesday and that more were expected.

The National Weather Service in Burlington was predicting snow through most of Wednesday, with 6 to 12 inches expected in northern and central Vermont.

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