Snow hits US East Coast in rare April storm

BUFFALO, New York - Springtime snow fell on parts of the U.S. Northeast on Monday, startling communities that were basking in record warmth a month ago.

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Published: Mon 23 Apr 2012, 11:40 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:41 AM

Up to a foot (.3 meters) of snow or more was forecast for higher elevations in parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Utilities reported about 50,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania and central and western New York.

George Wallach, of Buffalo, said he’d gone to Home Depot for lawn fertilizer last week — never thinking he might need rock salt to melt ice. Buffalo saw a run of record heat in March.

“I should learn not to plan anything till after May,” he said.

Kevin Fitzgerald, a National Weather Service meteorologist in State College, Pennsylvania, called the snowstorm “unusual, but not unheard of.”

Farther east, the threat was rain. Much of New Hampshire and western Maine were under a flood watch Monday.

Amy Shaulis, a waitress in Somerset, Pennsylvania, wondered if the storm was a bit of payback.

“We had a very, very light winter, we had summer in the middle of winter and now we’re paying for it,” she said.


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