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Snow continues to fall, making travel hazardous

Snow continues to fall, making travel hazardous

Another fatality was reported near Philadelphia when a vehicle could not stop at the bottom of a steep, snow-covered hill and slammed into a commuter train.

All blizzard and winter storm warnings for southern, central and western ME have been canceled.

Due to weather conditions, tree branches could fall as well, providing potential road hazards for motorists, and falling tree limbs and power lines could cause potential power outages, so residents are urged to be prepared to lose electricity by keeping flashlights on-hand and making sure extra batteries are available. Visibility has dropped to near zero in some snow bands in the storm.

In New England, the powerful winds brought coastal flooding that reached historic levels in some communities with icy water overflowing piers, streets and restaurants and stranding some people who had to be rescued.

A spokesman for the state Highway Patrol says the truck came to rest on its top while submerged in the creek Wednesday night in Moore County. Students who showed up for classes were taken to a middle school, where they gathered in a gym because it has heat. The high in Burlington, Vermont, on Saturday may only be minus 5 degrees, he said. The high school held a teacher workday instead.

From Maine to Florida, every East Coast state has at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. The National Weather Service forecast winds as high as 70 miles per hour, which downed power lines.

"It was pounding, it was hitting the seawall and going above the telephone pole", said Charlie Kelly of Marshfield, Massachusetts. These will increase in coverage across southern New England between 4-7 a.m. Thursday morning. A trace amount of ice is also possible.

High tides also caused flooding in parts of coastal MA, with seawater rising near buildings, including a hotel and along Boston's historic Long Wharf, a popular tourist attraction.

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Late on Wednesday, a baggage auto and two sleeper cars on an Amtrak train traveling from Miami to NY, with 311 passengers aboard, derailed as it was slowly backing into a station in Savannah, Georgia. However, without a major change in the weather, travel anywhere in the county would be delayed and secondary roads will remain snow-covered for several days, he said. Eight hundred Department of Transportation employees already are involved in anti-icing operations on state roads.

Officials all down the coast are asking people to stay off the roads.

The Associated Press reported the snow is moving out of North Carolina but the cold temperatures here before it began are staying.

The National Weather Service had blizzard, winter storm warnings and winter weather statements in effect Thursday in half of North Carolina's 100 counties.

The wind chill could make it feel like minus 35 degrees in the Berkshire hills of western MA, the National Weather Service said. FAA officials hope to reopen the airport by late Thursday afternoon but are holding tight for now. Eastern on January 3 and 9 a.m.

Staten Island and Queens also face a flood threat between 90am and noon on Thursday as the storm will push tides as much as 12 to 18 inches higher than normal, said Faye Morrone, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

In western North Carolina wind chills of -25 (-32 Celsius) degrees are possible through Thursday.

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