Winter Waited for Springtime in Parts of the Northeast

By: From the AP
By: From the AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- 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.

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