BOSTON — Snow from a storm that could leave behind accumulations of up to 18 inches in some spots of New England has started.

A light snow started falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire just before dawn Thursday.

Snow is expected to increase after sunrise and peak during the late morning through the afternoon. Rain over Cape Cod and the Islands is likely to change over to snow in the afternoon.

The storm is not just bringing snow, but high winds with gusts as high as 75 mph in some spots which could bring down power lines and cause power outages.

There is also a risk of coastal flooding.

Schools across the region are closed for the day and governors are urging people to stay off the roads.

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