Storms bear down on New England and East Coast as severe weather persists across the US

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Greg Crist walks down Lookout Road in Hico, W.Va., on April 3, as he looks over the damage from a storm that hit in the area the day before. (AP)

TOMS RIVER, NJ, April 4, (AP): A major spring storm was expected to drop more than a foot of snow in parts of New England on Wednesday night, while heavy rains soaked the East Coast and cleanup work continued in several states wracked by tornadoes and other severe weather blamed for at least three deaths.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for several states in New England, where 7 to 18 inches (18 to 46 centimeters) of snow were expected with some local amounts topping 24 inches (61 centimeters) at higher elevations. Parts of New Hampshire and Maine were expected to see the highest amounts.
A mix of rain and snow was falling throughout the region by early evening and was expected through Thursday night in many areas.
“It is now a rain/snow mix at the office, and we have received our first trace of snow for the storm ahead,” the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said Wednesday night via X, formerly known as Twitter. “It won’t be long before our ground turns white!”
Maine officials warned of difficult travel conditions, blackouts and minor coastal flooding.
“Travel is discouraged during this storm due to unfavorable driving conditions,” Pete Rogers, director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, said in a statement. “Folks need to be prepared at home for the possibility of an extended power outage with emergency supplies, alternate power sources, and should charge their mobile devices in advance.”
In New Hampshire, the US Forest Service issued an avalanche watch through Friday afternoon for parts of the White Mountains including Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1,917 meters). The service warned backcountry hikers and skiers that 30 inches (76 centimeters) of snow or more could fall at higher elevations and create dangerous avalanche conditions.
School districts and government offices throughout both states announced Thursday closures because of the storm.
There were coastal flood warnings and watches in areas from Maine to Long Island, N.Y., while wind gusts of up to 60 mph (about 97 kph) were expected in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and coastal Connecticut. Heavy rains and severe thunderstorms were also expected to impact the Mid-Atlantic states and Florida.

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