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Northeast gets hit by wintry blast of sleet, freezing rain

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain iced up roads and runways Tuesday from the nation's capital all the way to northern New England, making for messy driving and delaying flights for tens of thousands of travelers.

The ice soon faded as the day warmed up, but northern New England was expected to get hit with several inches of snow late Tuesday and into today. Less than a week before the latest storm, 2 feet of snow fell in parts of Connecticut and elsewhere along the East Coast.

"This seems a little more like a New York winter," David Cairns said, trying to keep his dress shoes from getting wet while crossing the street in White Plains, N.Y. "Ice and slush and cold rain. It beats a blizzard."

Tuesday's icy blast also closed hundreds of schools and delayed or canceled flights throughout the region.

In Wallingford, Conn., about 90 passengers on an Amtrak train were put on buses Tuesday morning after it struck a FedEx delivery truck that became stuck on the tracks. No injuries were reported in the low-speed crash, which left packages strewn on the slushy pavement near the damaged truck.

Several airports remained open Tuesday but delayed or canceled flights. They included those serving New York City, New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., as well as Connecticut's Bradley International Airport.

More than 400 flights were canceled at New York's three main airports, most of them at Newark Liberty, where Continental Airlines halted flights because of freezing rain and snow.

New York's LaGuardia Airport reported 1 1/2 -hour delays for arriving flights in the late morning.

Boston's Logan International kept its runways clear and open, but outgoing flights to several other cities affected by the storm were delayed.

New York City streets and sidewalks were a slushy mess Tuesday morning, with pedestrians forced to cross large watery accumulations at street corners. Cars threw gobs of slush onto anyone standing too close to the street.

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