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North-east states in the US hit by snow and freezing rain

Published 30/12/2015

Snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusty winds created treacherous driving conditions across upstate New York (AP)
Snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusty winds created treacherous driving conditions across upstate New York (AP)

A storm has brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the north-east United States.

Parts of northern New England got up to 6in of snow, while central New York got up to 4in of snow and northern New York had as much as 7ins.

Meteorologists said the storm is linked to the same system that produced deadly tornadoes in the Midwest on Saturday, then brought heavy snow, ice, rain, flooding and winds as it moved towards the Great Lakes.

That storm system killed dozens, including many who drowned in floodwaters and others caught up in tornadoes.

Two people have drowned while trying to cross a flooded road in Illinois, raising the state's death toll since the weekend to seven.

State governor Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster proclamation for seven counties after they were hit by about 7in of rain since December 23.

In the St Louis suburb of Valley Park, mandatory evacuations have been ordered affecting 6,900 residents as the fast-rising Meramec River threatens a levee.

The National Weather Service is projecting that the Meramec River will reach record heights at Valley Park, around 30ft above flood stage, late on Wednesday.

Also in Missouri, Interstate 44 is closed in multiple locations due to flooding.

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