BUFFALO, N.Y. – A nor’easter packing soaking rain and springtime snow churned up the Northeast on Monday, unleashing a burst of winter, closing some schools and triggering power outages in communities that were basking in record warmth a month ago.
The earliest hits were on higher ground, where snow-laden tree limbs pulled down power lines and commuters navigated slushy roads to work and school. Up to a foot of snow or more was forecast for higher elevations through this morning.
At the peak Monday, utilities reported about 50,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania and central and western New York.
Gov. Tom Corbett declared a disaster emergency and activated the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s state operations center.
In Buffalo, an alternating mix of rain and wet snow fell throughout the day but did not accumulate on the roads or trees as expected.
The National Weather Service canceled its winter storm warning for the Buffalo area and counties to the north and east in New York and a winter weather advisory for Allegheny and Washington counties in Pennsylvania.
A warning remained in effect through today for several counties along the New York-Pennsylvania border.
Farther east, the threat was rain. Much of New Hampshire and western Maine were under a flood watch Monday, with the possibility of some creeks and rivers flooding.