- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A snowstorm followed by a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain dropped several inches of precipitation around the state on Wednesday, leading to the shutdowns of most public schools, forcing the cancellations of dozens of commercial airline flights and making driving hazardous.

Snowfall totals were highest in the northern part of the state by Wednesday afternoon, with lower amounts along the coast. Eight inches of snow had fallen in Glocester, while Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Cumberland all saw more than 6 inches, the National Weather Service said. Four inches of snow was reported in South Kingstown.

State police had responded to 27 accidents as of Wednesday afternoon, with most of those before 9 a.m., Lt. Robert Wall said. Many of the crashes involved vehicles sliding off roads or through guardrails as motorists grappled with slippery conditions, he said, adding that none of the crashes by that time had resulted in major injuries.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority continued to operate during the storm, but several lines had to be rerouted.

State offices were mostly open, although the General Assembly canceled its sessions. State courthouses were open, although proceedings were suspended. U.S. District court was closed.

At the T.F. Green airport in Warwick, some flights resumed Wednesday afternoon after dozens of cancellations, although many were delayed.

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