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Some 200,000 people remain without power after a rare spring Nor’easter battered the Northeast with high winds and dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of New York and Pennsylvania.
At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 163,000 customers were without power in the Empire State, while 39,000 had no electricity in the Keystone State, according to tracking service PowerOutage.us.
While parts of the Northeast and New England bore the brunt of the storm, much of the East Coast felt the effect of unseasonably cold weather, with frost and freeze advisories extending from the mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley.
‘Much of the eastern U.S. will remain mired within an abnormally chilly air-mass for mid-April through mid-week,’ the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin on Tuesday.
‘In addition to the cold, a Nor’easter will continue to produce periods of light snow in parts of the interior Northeast this evening along with gusty winds,’ the agency said.
Forecasters warned that additional snow accumulation between three to six inches is expected from northern Pennsylvania to the Adirondacks.
With temperatures just hovering around freezing and steady flurries Daniel Schaedle of Mohawk Trail in Florida, Massachusetts, shovels the wet snow and slush from his driveway on Tuesday
Randy Ely struggles with a snow thrower to move heavy wet snow in Monrow Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. A spring snow storm hit Wyoming County, leaving thousands without power and up to half a foot of snow
At 8pm on Tuesday, more than 163,000 customers were without power in New York, while 39,000 had no electricity in Pennsylvania. Separately, severe thunderstorms in Texas spurred some outages in the Lone Star State
National Grid, a power company in New York, said in a statement that crews were out assessing and repairing the damage.
‘Ongoing heavy, wet snow and high winds have caused widespread and significant damage throughout portions of Central, Eastern and Northern New York,’ it said.
New outlets across the region showed video footage and photographs of snow-covered trees and power lines toppled across roadways and sidewalks.
Downed power lines and trees also forced roads to close in several communities in central and upstate New York, the state’s department of transportation said in a tweet.
Snow accumulation will be short-lived as temperatures are expected to be above 50 degrees (F) and into the 60s on Wednesday and into the weekend, NWS said.
Upstate New York bore the brunt of the storm, with snow accumulation of up to 18 inches recorded in Bleeker and Virgil, while New Milford, Pennsylvania saw snowfall of 16 inches.
With temperatures just hovering around freezing and steady flurries, motorists traverse the historic Mohawk Trail in Florida, Massachusetts, near the North Adams border on Tuesday
A vehicle makes its way across as high winds amplify the waves, as they crash onto the Gooseberry Island causeway in Westport, Massachusetts Tuesday
An Albany, New York backyard is covered with several inches of snow
At Penn State, 3.3 inches of snow were recorded, making it the latest date in the spring that the campus has seen more than one inch since 1993.
In Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians were forced to postpone a game for the second straight day due to unplayable conditions.
Tuesday’s game was called four hours before the scheduled first pitch, with the decision coming after Guardians manager Terry Francona and White Sox manager Tony La Russa met the umpires outside at Progressive Field.
Snow piled up in downtown Cleveland the past two days and temperatures have been in the low 30s.
‘Playing tonight, you start to worry about hurting somebody or playing the game when you shouldn’t,’ Francona said, according to the AP. ‘You just do the best you can. It was going to be pretty miserable. To the point where you start to worry about your guys.’
In Chicago, light snow did not stop the Chicago Cubs from beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a cold Tuesday night
The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader Wednesday, starting at 2.10pm. Monday’s postponement will be played as part of a doubleheader on July 12.
In Chicago, snow-showers did not stop the Chicago Cubs from beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a cold Tuesday night.
There were intermittent snow flurries throughout the game, and the temperature at gametime was 40 degrees with a 16 mph wind that caused a 34-degree windchill. Several Rays wore handwarmers.
A spring snow storm may be unexpected but it is not necessarily unusual, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
A fresh coat of snow falls over Downtown Binghamton in New York on Tuesday morning
Snow covers a tree in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday morning as the Northeast sees several inches of snow during a mid- April winter storm
Heavy snowfall was expected in the east coast, including six to twelve inches of snow in parts of Syracuse, New York
On Monday night strong winds slammed the Northeast, causing power outages and minor coastal flooding
‘Even though the sun tends to warm the ground substantially during the spring, it is actually easier for snow to fall in the spring, rather than during the autumn,’ Sosnowski said.
With cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere and below-average road temperatures, any snow that comes down is likely to stick, no matter what the season, AccuWeather reported.
The late-winter storm comes after a coastal storm hit the New York region and brought heavy rain, strong winds, and coastal flooding.
Throughout Monday wind speeds gradually increased, with peak winds reaching 25-35 mph with wind gusts of 50 mph.
Residents were warned to about downed tree limbs and power lines and to secure loose outdoor objects that could be blown in the wind.
NYC experienced some flooding and surveillance captured a car stuck in the right lane of the Cross Bronx Expressway as other cars and trucks drove slowly to avoid getting trapped in the rising rain waters.