Parts of East Coast to Get Blanketed in Snow

Rain may turn to snow in Pennsylvania, New York
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 7:48 AM CDT
People walk with umbrellas in the rain along 9th Avenue in New York, Sunday, April 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/CX Matiash)

(Newser) – Heat records are being obliterated left and right this year, but apparently the Northeast hasn't quite seen the last of winter yet: A rare late-April snowstorm is headed for western Pennsylvania and upstate New York, leading some schools in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains to preemptively close. The nor'easter, which caused rain from Virginia to New England over the weekend, has already dumped as much as six inches of snow on eastern New York's Lake Ontario area. New York's Buffalo area, as well as higher elevations in Pennsylvania, could see up to nine inches, the AP reports.

Even northeastern Ohio could see three to seven inches of snow. Meanwhile, rain and high winds are expected to continue along other parts of the East Coast, and though there are concerns of power outages and possible floods, officials say the rain will help to alleviate drought conditions. The storm is expected to move out tomorrow. So far, it has caused three MLB games as well as the space shuttle Enterprise's arrival in New York to be postponed, and has forced New York authorities to suspend their renewed search for Etan Patz.

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