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The motorcade of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drives through a snow storm on Interstate 93, Friday in Manchester, N.H. What started off as rain Friday morning quickly turned to sticky, heavy snow. Many school districts in the region closed for the day, including in some in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

BOSTON >> Stoic New Englanders doggedly went about their business Friday as a winter storm that could drop close to a foot of snow in some areas struck the region.

They didn't have to like it, but after last winter when some parts of the region received more than nine feet of snow, they could deal with it.

"I'm from Buffalo, New York, so this is nothing," said Raul Rodriguez, who works in the Connecticut attorney general's office. "It's beautiful. It's been mild this winter. We deserve it. We've had several brutal years of snowstorms."

Not everyone was so chipper.

The storm brought sighs from some left with winter fatigue after last year's record-breaking snow totals.

"I hate snow," said Bruce Schulman, a Boston University history professor who was waiting at Boston's South Station to take a train to New York.

"Obviously, we've had a pretty mild winter so far, but we needed it after last year," Schulman said. "If I never see snow again, I won't miss it."

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from Delaware to New Jersey and a winter storm warning for most of New England.

Many school districts across the region closed for the day, including in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The storm was expected to leave 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Boston area, 6 to 10 in the Worcester area and 4 to 8 inches in Providence, Rhode Island, according to the National Weather Service.


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Maine could get more. 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.

Farther south, the National Weather Service said New York's Long Island could see 5 inches or more. New Jersey was expected to get up to 5 inches, while rain that turned to snow snarled the morning commute in eastern Pennsylvania and caused some schools to delay opening.

The big concern was power outages, according to Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The wet, heavy snow weighs down tree limbs and power lines. Connecticut had about 10,000 as of late morning, while the two major electric utilities in Massachusetts were reporting more than 6,000 outages combined.