- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the winter storm hitting the Northeast on Monday (all times local):

8:05 a.m.

Just in the time for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire is getting another round of snow, with the heaviest amounts expected along the seacoast.

The snow was expected to start Monday morning and last into early Tuesday, primary day. Many polls open at 7 a.m. The snow is heading from south to north; a number of schools have closed for the day or are dismissing students early.

Most areas will see several inches, with up to 8 inches possible in coastal areas.

The forecast calls for wind at 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, and temperatures in the lower 20s.

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7:34 a.m.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has closed state offices in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Suffolk counties in anticipation of a winter storm that could bring more than a foot of snow to some areas.

He says non-emergency, executive branch employees working or living in these counties should not report to work on Monday.

State courts in all those counties as well as Worcester County are also closed on Monday. The state Supreme Judicial Court and the state Appeals Court are also closed.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authorities is operating on a normal weekday schedule with winter routes in effect for buses. T General Manager Frank DePaola says crews have been out all night preparing for the storm.

State police are increasing patrols on major highways during the storm.

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7:21 a.m.

The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast is expected to bring blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts and leave behind as much as 18 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service says winds Monday could gust up to 65 mph in the hardest hit areas.

The rest of eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and most of Connecticut are under a winter storm warning and could get as much as 10 inches of snow.

Northern New England down to the New York area are expected to get less snow.

Communities in the path of the storm closed schools Monday and issued on-street parking bans.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to stay off the roads if possible and early morning commuter traffic around Boston was light.

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