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January 3, 2014

Phase 1 of storm hits region

Heavier winds, more snow, flooding worries for today

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“We still have a ton because of that last storm,” she said.

Police throughout the area said things were quiet and people were largely keeping off the roads. Nevertheless, reports of minor accidents did trickle in, including one in Peabody in which a vehicle struck a plow’s blade at Lowell and Johnson streets, and one at Highland Avenue and Willson Road in Salem that occurred when one vehicle slid into another at the intersection’s red light. There were no injuries or tows as a result of either.

In Danvers, police received reports of two accidents on Route 114 within about four hours of each other yesterday afternoon, but an officer said there no injuries in either of the crashes, and that they appeared to be routine and not the result of the weather.

In Marblehead and Swampscott, police said they hadn’t heard any reports of flooding, although the towns were under a coastal flood watch. An alert on the National Weather Service Web page yesterday warned that “most significant coastal flooding is expected during the midday Friday high tide cycle.” A coastal flood warning was expected to remain in effect until 3 p.m. today.

The NWS also issued a blizzard warning, saying that up to 12 to 18 inches of snow could accumulate overnight.

“Higher amounts likely...especially across Essex County,” read the warning.

Neil Dempsey can be reached at ndempsey@salemnews.com.

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