Rare Nor’easter spring leaves 200,000 people without power | SehndeWeb

Some 200,000 people remain without power after a rare northeast spring that hit the northeast with high winds and dropped more than a foot of snow in parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, more than 163,000 customers were without power in the Empire State, while 39,000 had no power in 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 advisories and frost extending from the mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley.

“Much of the eastern United States will remain mired in an abnormally cold airmass from mid-April through the middle of the 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 northeast interior this evening as well as gusty winds,” the agency said.

Forecasters have warned that an additional three to six inches of snowfall is expected from northern Pennsylvania to the Adirondacks.

With temperatures approaching freezing and regular showers, Daniel Schaedle of Mohawk Trail in Florida, Massachusetts, shovels wet snow and slush from his driveway on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Randy Ely struggles with a snowblower to move heavy, wet snow in Monrow Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.  A springtime snowstorm hit Wyoming County, leaving thousands without power and up to half a foot of snow

On Tuesday, Randy Ely struggles with a snowblower to move heavy, wet snow in Monrow Township, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. A springtime snowstorm hit Wyoming County, leaving thousands without power and up to half a foot of snow

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, more than 163,000 customers were without power in New York, while 39,000 had no power in Pennsylvania.  Separately, severe thunderstorms in Texas caused outages in the Lone Star State

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, more than 163,000 customers were without power in New York, while 39,000 had no power in Pennsylvania. Separately, severe thunderstorms in Texas caused outages in the Lone Star State

National Grid, a New York power company, said in a statement that crews were assessing and repairing the damage.

“Heavy, wet snow and high winds caused widespread and significant damage to parts of central, eastern and northern New York,” he said.

New outlets across the region showed video footage and photographs of snow-covered trees and downed power lines on roads and sidewalks.

Power lines and fallen trees also forced road closures in several communities in central and upstate New York, the state’s Department of Transportation said in a tweet.

The snowpack will be short-lived as temperatures are expected to be above 50 degrees (F) and in the 60s on Wednesday and the weekend, NWS said.

Upstate New York bore the brunt of the storm, with snowfall amounts of up to 18 inches recorded in Bleeker and Virgil, while New Milford, Pa. recorded snowfall of 16 inches.

With temperatures approaching freezing and regular downpours, motorists drive through the historic Mohawk Trail in Florida, Massachusetts, near the North Adams border on Tuesday.

With temperatures approaching freezing and regular downpours, motorists drive through the historic Mohawk Trail in Florida, Massachusetts, near the North Adams border on Tuesday.

A vehicle drives through as high winds amplify the waves, as they crash into the causeway on Gooseberry Island in Westport, Massachusetts on Tuesday

A vehicle drives through as high winds amplify the waves, as they crash into the causeway on Gooseberry Island in Westport, Massachusetts on Tuesday

A garden in Albany, New York is covered in several inches of snow

A garden in Albany, New York is covered in several inches of snow

At Penn State, 3.3 inches of snowfall was recorded, making it the last spring date the campus has seen more than an inch since 1993.

In Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians were forced to postpone a game for the second day in a row due to unplayable conditions.

Tuesday’s game was announced four hours before the scheduled first pitch, with the decision coming after Guardians manager Terry Francona and White Sox manager Tony La Russa met with umpires outside Progressive Field.

Snow has been piling up in downtown Cleveland for the past two days and temperatures have been in the 30s.

“As you play tonight, you start worrying about hurting someone 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 worrying about your guys.

In Chicago, light snow didn't stop the Chicago Cubs from beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a cold Tuesday night

In Chicago, light snow didn’t stop the Chicago Cubs from beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a cold Tuesday night

The match will be composed as part of a traditional doubles on Wednesday, starting at 2:10 p.m. Monday’s postponement will be played in a doubleheader on July 12.

In Chicago, flurries didn’t stop the Chicago Cubs from beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a cold Tuesday night.

There were intermittent snow showers throughout the game and the temperature at the time of the game was 40 degrees with a 16 mph wind which caused a wind chill of 34 degrees. Several Rays wore hand warmers.

A spring snowstorm may be unexpected, but it need not be unusual, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

A fresh layer of snow falls on downtown Binghamton in New York on Tuesday morning

A fresh layer of snow falls on downtown Binghamton in New York on Tuesday morning

Snow blankets a tree in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday morning as the Northeast sees several inches of snow during a winter storm in mid-April

Snow blankets a tree in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday morning as the Northeast sees several inches of snow during a winter storm in mid-April

Heavy snowfall was expected on the east coast, including six to twelve inches of snow in parts of Syracuse, New York

Heavy snowfall was expected on the east coast, including six to twelve inches of snow in parts of Syracuse, New York

On Monday evening, high winds battered the northeast, causing power outages and minor coastal flooding

On Monday evening, high winds battered the northeast, causing power outages and minor coastal flooding

“Even though the sun tends to significantly warm the ground in the spring, it’s actually easier for snow to fall in the spring than in the fall,” Sosnowski said.

With cold air in the upper layers of the atmosphere and below-average road temperatures, any snow that falls is likely to stick, regardless of season, AccuWeather reported.

The late winter storm comes after a coastal storm hit the New York area and brought heavy rain, high winds and coastal flooding.

Throughout Monday, wind speeds gradually increased, with peak winds reaching 25 to 35 mph with wind gusts of 50 mph.

Residents were warned of falling tree branches and power lines and to secure loose outdoor objects that could be blown away.

NYC experienced flooding and surveillance captured a car stuck in the right lane of the Cross Bronx Freeway as other cars and trucks drove slowly to avoid being trapped in rising rainwater.

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