Spring nor'easter dumps rain, snow on East Coast

April 23, 2012 9:07:09 AM PDT
The big cleanup is under way after a nasty nor'easter that dumped several inches of rain across the Tri-State area.

Schools in western Pennsylvania are closing in the face of the unusual late-April snow storm, which is 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, but now 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'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 were in effect in the New York City area and in New Jersey, but they were canceled by early Monday.

Officials say the rain should go a long way toward alleviating drought conditions, which have helped spark several major brush fires in recent weeks.

In New Jersey, a large tarp covering construction at St. Peter's College in Jersey City came loose in the weather overnight.

Construction workers were called to take down the tarp, which was covering a construction project at the college.

Montgomery Street was closed between Kennedy Boulevard and Bergen Avenue as workers responded to take down the tarp.

Localized flooding continued on Jersey City roads, including at County Road and Manhattan Avenue.

Earlier, several drivers had to be rescued when cars got stuck in raising waters on Merseles Street, under the New Jersey Turnpike extension.

The cars were towed and no drivers were injured.

There are unofficial rain totals of little more than 2 and a half inches in Howell, 2 inches in Trenton and more than an inch and three-quarters in Mount Holly.

Utility crews are dealing with scattered power outages, with about 317 customers affected statewide.

A total of 2.87 inches of rain was recorded in Central Park, but no major flooding was reported in the area.

Parts of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Westchester County were closed because of flooding.

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