UPDATE: Monday, April 23, 2012
A region that was treated to a mild winter is getting a springtime reminder of what winter could have been like.
A nor'easter with high winds, soaking rain and snow is continuing to churn up the Northeast. And communities that were basking in record warm temperatures a month ago are now facing several inches of snow, slushy roads and power outages.
Utilities say about 50,000 homes and businesses are without power in Pennsylvania and central and western New York.
One man in Buffalo, New York, says he went to Home Depot for lawn fertilizer last week -- never thinking he might instead need rock salt. In March, Buffalo saw a run of record-high temperatures, including a St. Patrick's Day weekend in the 70s and an 82-degree reading a few days later. Now, up to 9 inches of snow is expected through tomorrow morning -- with up to 16 inches possible in higher elevations south of the city. As much as a foot could fall in parts of Pennsylvania.
Some schools in western Pennsylvania were closed this morning ahead of the storm. In central New York, authorities say roads have been snow-covered and slippery.
To the north and east, the threat is rain. Much of New Hampshire and western Maine are under a flood watch.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Schools in western Pennsylvania are closing in the face of an unusual late-April snow storm that's chugging through the Northeast, threatening to bring high winds and up to a foot of snow in some places.
The slow moving coastal storm delivered much much-needed rain to the parched region over the weekend, from Virginia to New England.
The rain is turning into snow for some in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.
The nor'easter has dumped up to six inches of snow on New York State's eastern Lake Ontario region, and the Buffalo area could get 5 to 9 inches.
Districts in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains began announcing school closures Sunday night. As much as 7 inches of snow was expected in some areas.
Flood watches have been canceled in the New York City area and in New Jersey.
Officials say the rain should go a long way toward alleviating drought conditions, which have helped spark several major brush fires in recent weeks.