Wintry comeback expected to bring snow, heavy rain to Northeastern U.S

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Posted: Apr 22, 2012 2:13 PM
Wintry comeback expected to bring snow, heavy rain to Northeastern U.S

By Karen Brooks

(Reuters) - Wintry weather was set to make a comeback with as much as 14 inches of snow on the way in the Northeastern United States on Sunday while parts of New England faced the threat of flooding.

After a relatively mild winter, storm warnings were in effect in parts of Pennsylvania for Sunday night through Wednesday. Heavy snow was expected to start falling late night with up to 14 inches possible, potentially causing downed trees and power outages, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow also was expected to blanket parts of western New York and the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia starting late Sunday. Up to 12 inches were possible at some of the highest elevations.

"In some places, the power will be out for days," said AccuWeather.com forecaster Henry Margusity, referring to the mountain regions of in those states.

The warnings come as forecasters expect an intense Nor'easter storm to move up the coast starting Sunday afternoon, bringing with it winds up to 50 miles per hour and expected travel delays on Monday.

A flood watch is in effect for parts of western Maine, New Hampshire, northwestern Connecticut, southern Vermont, and Rhode Island. Up to four inches of rain was expected in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

The flood watch for those areas remained in effect through Monday morning. Watches for parts of southern New York and New Jersey were on through at least Sunday night.

Some northeastern road maintenance departments had already taken snow plows off trucks for the season but the snow was expected to stick in most places, AccuWeather forecaster Alex Sosnowski said.

"In the Northeast, the year without a winter began with a freak snowstorm in late October and it seems it will end with one during the second half of April," Sosnowski wrote on AccuWeather.com.

Sosnowski referred to a deadly storm in late October that caused 2 million people to lose power and activated emergency declarations from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts to New York.

(Reporting By Karen Brooks; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Bill Trott)