In this file photo, the sun warms, drops of water fall from a tree encrusted in ice in Langhorne, Pa.
In this file photo, the sun warms, drops of water fall from a tree encrusted in ice in Langhorne, Pa. (AP Photo)

MONTPELIER (AP) - Roads across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine turned to ice early Saturday as rain fell across the region, causing accidents, closing roads and creating travel headaches for many.

But as the weather warmed and road crews across the region cleared ice from highways, up to 2 inches of rain in some areas changed the threat to possible ice jams and flooding that could be caused by a combination of the rain and snowmelt.

Sections of Interstate 89 in Vermont were closed for a time Saturday morning and the crash of four tractor trailer trucks and a car snarled the southbound lane of the Maine Turnpike near Falmouth.

A number of other minor accidents were reported in the two states as well. No injuries were reported.

A teenage girl from Massachusetts was reported killed Saturday morning in the crash of two vehicles on New Hampshire Route 16 near the Milton-Wakefield town line. While the roads appeared to be ice covered, there's no word if police believe the weather contributed to the crash.

Meanwhile, a flood watch was issued for much of the region with 1 to 2 inches of rain forecast to fall in some areas. The flood watch will remain in effect from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon Vermont police began to warn of standing water on I-89 in in the northwestern part of the state.


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