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Sideways snow lashes New England coast

The southeastern part of New England is expected to get pummeled with up to 18 inches of snow, with the coast bearing much of the brunt of the storm.

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Kevin Lord, of Sagamore Beach, Mass., braves near hurricane-force winds to inspect storm erosion on Monday, along a beach near his home in Bourne, Mass. A wind-driven winter snowstorm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and sent a charter bus heading to a casino skidding off a Connecticut highway, injuring about 30.

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A storm over New England is dumping snow and vigorous winds on the southern part of the region on Monday, closing schools and government offices, and crippling travel. Cape Cod and the islands are under a blizzard warning through the evening, said the National Weather Service, which is projecting up to 18 inches of snow there.

It is the second winter storm in four days, dropping snow and causing coastal flooding from south of Boston to Cape Cod and Connecticut. Residents in Truro, Mass., on the tip of the Cape, saw fierce winds driving snow sideways.

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Local officials on Monday urged residents of the region to avoid unnecessary travel, as winds of up to 60 miles per hour whip parts of coastal southeastern Massachusetts, increasing the risk of downed trees and power outages, officials said. Falling tree limbs killed two people during the Friday snowstorm, including a 6-year-old girl in Canton, Mass.

Accidents have been reported Monday throughout the region, including in Connecticut where a chartered bus rolled over on a busy interstate highway injuring 30 people, according to local media reports.

Travel is expected to remain a challenge through the evening, officials said.

"The snow will be heaviest during the daylight hours, but light snow will likely continue straight through the night," said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., which forecast up to 10 inches of snow for Boston.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which was criticized for its handling of the historic storms in and around Boston last winter, has operated a normal weekday schedule with winter routes in effect for buses. Besides delays, no major problems were reported Monday.

Boston's Logan Airport is open, though hundreds of inbound and outbound flights were canceled. Ferry service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard is suspended.

This report contains material from Reuters and the Associated Press.