Northeast hammered with heavy rains, snow, wind

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Northeast Regional Weather Forecast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast early 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 a sloppy, slippery Tuesday morning commute in parts of Massachusetts, where state police responded to numerous crashes and spinouts caused by icy roads, some involving their own cruisers. Authorities in Rhode Island reported 90 accidents.

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.

New Hampshire awoke Tuesday morning to light snow, freezing rain and sleet. To the south, New Jersey dealt with a soaking rain and the threat of coastal flooding from morning and midday high tides. Worsening conditions were expected as the storm winds up later Tuesday, and into Wednesday in northern areas.

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Northeast hammered with heavy rains, snow, wind
Satellite view of storms on both U.S. coasts taken on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. (NOAA / NASA)
Waves splash against a seawall and onto houses along the Atlantic coast, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Scituate, Mass. The National Weather Service posted a flood watch for urban and poor drainage areas, and a coastal flood advisory for the midday high tide cycle. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A women's umbrella is upset by the wind during the rainstorm Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Philadelphia. A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast early Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and strong wind to coastal areas, at least half a foot of heavy, wet snow inland and a wintry mix to the New England states. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People shielded by umbrellas walk along Market Street during the rainstorm Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Philadelphia. A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast early Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and strong wind to coastal areas, at least half a foot of heavy, wet snow inland and a wintry mix to the New England states. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Storm conditions early Tuesday morning courtesy of the NOAA
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Storm conditions early Tuesday morning courtesy of the NOAA
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Storm conditions early Tuesday morning courtesy of the NOAA
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Benjamin Sipprell, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts, said conditions in southeastern New England would be especially hazardous in the early afternoon.

"It's that 1 p.m. time frame that we are most concerned about with heavy rain and winds, and also the heaviest snow," he said.

Snowfall was expected to be minimal along the Interstate 95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston, but winter storm watches and warnings 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. The heavy, wet snow and gusty winds could combine to bring down tree limbs and power lines, causing outages.

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