New England mops up as snow falls on East Coast
BOSTON >> A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and dropped several inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts is expected to bring snow to other parts of the East Coast.
Snowflakes will still be flying Tuesday as New England residents continue mopping up from the storm that could eventually leave behind more than a foot of snow in some communities.
The National Weather Service said other areas also will get snow, although much less. New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern New England could get 4 to 8 inches by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. By the time the storm ends, eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could accumulate 5 to 9 inches of snow.
Travel was expected to be slow at best even on well-treated roads, but schools across the region that were closed on Monday were expected to reopen.
The storm also was expected to last into early Tuesday in New Hampshire, where the first-in-the-nation presidential primary is being held. The weather service said snow will be light and fluffy and accumulation will be modest.
Forecasters said some areas of the Cape and Martha's Vineyard will have received about a foot of snow by Tuesday morning after the storm continued overnight. Some areas had about 9 inches of snow by Monday night. The weather service said the islands appeared to have met the conditions for a blizzard.
Boston got about 5 inches by late Monday, and areas of south Boston received moderate coastal flooding.
New England residents were warned to be vigilant after driving on treacherous roads caused accidents. In Connecticut, a bus carrying about 70 passengers from New York City to the Mohegan Sun casino crashed on a snowy Interstate 95 and fell on its side in Madison. At least 30 people were injured, and the northbound side of I-95 was temporarily shut down.
Associated Press writers Bob Salsberg and Philip Marcelo in Boston; Denise Lavoie in Whitman, Massachusetts; Kathy McCormack in Concord, New Hampshire; Holly Ramer in Hampstead, New Hampshire; and Pat Eaton-Robb in Hartford, Connecticut, contributed to this report.
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