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Think you had it bad with puddles in winter? Try waves of snow

Many of us will have stood a little close to the road during winter and copped a spray from a passing car speeding through a puddle.

If you’re especially unlucky, you might have been drenched by a passing bus.

But that’s nothing compared with the fate of these New York train passengers as the Amtrak train arrived at the Rhinecliff station this week.

Much of the northeast of the US has been hit by a late-season snowstorm, which has closed schools, grounded airlines and, in some cases, proved deadly.

But the lighter side was shown when the Amtrak rumbled into Rhinecliff through deep snow, showering seemingly unsuspecting commuters in masses of ice.

This slow motion video captured by Nick Colvin has been viewed more than 450,000 times on YouTube and shows panicked train users – including one woman who stoically stands right by the tracks until the final second – clambering out of the way of the roof-high barrage.

Vision of the incident was also captured and posted to Facebook at normal speed by by Craig Oleszewski.

The 70-plus centimetres of snow that fell this week in the Washington-Boston corridor came close to breaking records and stopped or delayed school openings but was eagerly greeted by skiers.

“Yesterday it was too tough to drive out here, but today it was perfect,” said Lindsey Poirier, who was skiing at the Pats Peak ski area Wednesday in Henniker, New Hampshire.

“The conditions are really good. The powder is awesome.”

However, it also had a serious side.

Most people heeded warnings to stay off the roads, preventing the multicar pileups typically seen after a bad storm, but there were still deaths. A 16 -year-old girl was killed when she lost control of her car on a snowy road and crashed into a tree in Gilford, New Hampshire, police said.

In East Hartford, Connecticut, an elderly man died after being struck by a snowplow truck. And, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a public works employee was killed after the snowplow he was driving was hit by an Amtrak plow train clearing tracks.

The largest snowfall reported in Vermont was more than 85 centimetres in the town of Jay, about 50 miles northeast of Burlington, along the Canadian border.

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