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REPORTS: Multiple accidents slow travel on snow-covered Massachusetts roads

By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
December 31, 2015, 1:32:38 AM EST

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As of 12:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, this blog is no longer active. Archived reports from the storm can be found below. Additional forecast information into Tuesday night can be found here.


Areas of snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue across the midwestern and northeastern United States into Tuesday afternoon, creating difficult travel conditions.

"Massachusetts, upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and especially Maine will continue to see travel difficulties into the afternoon," AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.

Major travel delays are expected until the icy mix changes over to rain later in the afternoon and evening. Low visibility and icy roads have contributed to accidents and delays across the region.

This same storm produced major flooding across the Missouri Valley, tornadoes across Texas and a blizzard from New Mexico into western Texas during the weekend.


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UPDATES: (All times are listed in EST)11:57 a.m. EST Tuesday: Up to a foot of snow could fall in portions of central and northern Maine and northern New Hampshire as the storm continues on Tuesday. Additional forecast information on the widespread snow and ice storm and impacts into Tuesday night can be found here.

10:48 a.m. EST Tuesday: Speed limits are reduced to 45 mph on I-95 and I-295 in Maine, according to the Department of Transportation.


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10:39 a.m. EST Tuesday: In Auburn, Maine, one driver forgot to close his sunroof in advance of the storm:


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10:04 a.m. EST Tuesday: Massachusetts State Police responded to multiple incidents this morning as road conditions proved hazardous.

On Interstate 290, no one was injured after a slide-off.


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No one was injured after a truck jackknifed along Interstate 91 southbound.


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9:54 a.m. EST Tuesday: Snow and ice caused a large pine tree to fall on a house in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. No major damage occurred.


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9:25 a.m. EST Tuesday: Nearly 5,000 National Grid customers are without power across New York, the utility reports.

9:22 a.m. EST Tuesday: Inbound flights to Boston Logan International Airport may be subject to a ground stop program due to snow and ice, according to the FAA.

8:29 a.m. EST Tuesday: Road conditions are still slippery in parts of New York:

8:13 a.m. EST Tuesday: Massachusetts State Police urge residents to take it slow while traveling as many crashes and spin outs have been reported.

7:58 a.m. EST Tuesday: Inbound flights to Philadelphia International Airport are subject to a ground delay program due to low clouds, FAA reports.

7:36 a.m. EST Tuesday: Ice and snow made for a slushy start in Boston on Tuesday morning:


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7:19 a.m. EST Tuesday: A NWS trained spotter reports 4.3 inches of snow in Bristol, New Hampshire.

6:54 a.m. EST Tuesday: More than 1,300 crews treating state roads throughout Massachusetts, according to MassDOT.

5:52 a.m. EST Tuesday: Jackknifed tractor-trailers close Interstate 495 near Chelmsford, Massachusetts, MassDOT reports.

5:44 a.m. EST Tuesday: Snowy and icy travel possible north of New York City through Albany, 511NY reports.

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5:30 a.m. EST Tuesday: Commuter rail service is running normally in Massachusetts, the MBTA reports.
5:24 a.m. EST Tuesday: Difficult travel conditions occurring near Ottawa, Ontario, 511Ontario reports.

5:21 a.m. EST Tuesday: Over 24,000 Pennsylvania customers, mostly in western Pennsylvania, are without power, utilities report.

5:14 a.m. EST Tuesday: More than 7,700 New York power customers are without service as a result of the winter storm, utilities report.

5:00 a.m. EST Tuesday: Cold air is fighting against warmer air, creating an icy situation from northeastern Pennsylvania to southern New England, except for Boston, AccuWeather Chief Video Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

As the storm transitions into the northeastern U.S., all times will now be listed in Eastern Standard Time.

3:47 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snowy conditions are occurring in Downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, MassTraveler.com reports.

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3:32 a.m. CST Tuesday: Interstate 44 near Jerome, Missouri, is closed due to flooding from the Gasconade River, the National Weather Service office at Springfield said.
3:11 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow-covered roads reported in Vermont, 511VT reports.

3:04 a.m. CST Tuesday: Travel is still not advised from Green Bay to Appleton to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, including U.S. Route 10 near Appleton, WisconsinDOT reports.

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2:31 a.m. CST Tuesday: Over 6,500 National Grid customers in New York, mostly in the southwestern part of the state, are without power, the utility reported.

2:47 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snowy, icy conditions reported on Niagara Street at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, New York, according to NITTEC.

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2:41 a.m. CST Tuesday: Flooding continues to be an issue on the QEW near Fort Erie, Ontario, 511Ontario reports.

2:27 a.m. CST Tuesday: More than 550 flights are canceled so far on Tuesday in the United States, FlightStats reports.

2:19 a.m. CST Tuesday: Two inches of snow with a half mile visibility was reported by an NWS-trained spotter located 2 miles east-northeast of Stratham, New Hampshire.

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2:13 a.m. CST Tuesday: Speed limit restriction on Interstate 90 in Massachusetts, MassDOT reports.
1:57 a.m. CST Tuesday: State crews continue work clearing roadways in Massachusetts.

1:53 a.m. CST Tuesday: More than 21,000 First Energy customers in western Pennsylvania are without power, the utility reports.

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1:29 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snowy conditions on Highway 417, Ottawa, Ontario, 511Ontario webcam shows.

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1:14 a.m. CST Tuesday: Flooding reported on the QEW at Fort Erie, Ontario, 511Ontario said.
1:05 a.m. CST Tuesday: A record amount of snow fell in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Monday, the National Weather Service at Green Bay reports.
1:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Early season snows pile up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

12:52 a.m. CST Tuesday: Up to 8.26 inches of rain fell in the last 48 hours in Arkansas and Texas.

48-Hour Rainfall Totals (Inches)
Mena, Ark.8.26
Russellville, Ark.8.08
Mount Ida, Ark.7.42
Batesville, Ark.6.91
Fayetteville, Ark.6.86
Paris, Texas6.82
Brownwood, Texas6.74
Flippen, Ark.6.24
Fort Smith, Ark.6.17
Bentonville, Ark.6.07

12:39 a.m. CST Tuesday: Interstate 41 in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, is closed until further notice due to snowy conditions, the county's emergency management agency reports.

12:34 a.m. CST Tuesday: More than 450 flights are already canceled on Tuesday in the United States, FlightStats reports.

12:08 a.m. CST Tuesday: Wet road conditions occurring in New York City, with icy conditions possible north of the city, 511NY reports.

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12:05 a.m. CST Tuesday: Slow improvement on main highways in Michigan, state officials report.

12:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Wind damage causes more than 17,000 FirstEnergy customers to lose power in western Pennsylvania, the utility reports. A 56 mph wind gust was clocked at Erie, Pennsylvania.

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