Residents of Northeast Digging Out After April Snow Storm

Posted: April 20, 2022 3:23 am

More Springlike Weather on Way for Northeast by End of the Week

Some areas of the Northeast were slammed with up to a foot of snow by Tuesday morning, a rare occurrence for the second part of April in this part of the country.

Messy Tuesday Morning Commute for Many in the Northeast

A late blast of winter weather left residents of the Northeast dealing with a mess on their hands for the Tuesday morning commute. While it was only rain that fell along the majority of the Interstate 95 corridor, some of the higher terrains and interior sections of the region saw the precipitation fall as snow.

One death was attributed to the stormy conditions in Annapolis, Maryland when a tree fell on a home Monday night. Three others were injured in this tragic incident.

The story of the day in New York City was the heavy rain causing complications for the Tuesday morning community. All of the southbound lanes of the heavily travelled Major Deegan expressway were closed during the morning hours because of flooding. While the northbound lanes were still passable, they were covered in water, slowing down the movement of the traffic. Many vehicles were left stranded as a result of the flooding. All of the lanes had been reopened by 9 am local time.

Snowfall Totals

The Catskill Mountains in central New York state and northern Pennsylvania recorded the highest snowfall totals out of this massive weather maker. Approximately 18 inches of snow was measured in Virgil, New York by 10 am EDT. Montrose, Pennsylvania recorded snowfall in the amount of 14.5 inches. The highest elevations of Vermont, New Hampshire, and West Virginia also saw significant snowfall in the overnight hours on Monday.

A record was set at Penn State University’s University Park campus when 3.3 inches of snow fell, offering the latest measurable snowfall of one inch or greater in this area since 1993.

The snow was falling at a swift rate with this system. Binghamton, New York recorded flakes falling at a rate of three inches per hour on Tuesday morning.

It is not a normal occurrence for baseball games to be postponed due to snow. However, that is what happened when the Cleveland Guardians were forced to postpone a game scheduled against the Chicago White Sox after snow covered Progressive Field on Monday. It was heavy rain that forced the postponement of a matchup between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.

Storm Whips Up Winds

Strong winds were another complication of this weather maker. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Cape Cod recorded a wind gust of up to 37 mph while nearby Martha’s Vineyard clocked in at 31 mph. Power outages were common in New England and beyond as a result of the windy conditions paired with the snow bringing down power lines. Hard-hit areas included New York state with nearly 100,000 customers in the dark by Tuesday morning. For instance, almost half of the residents in Broome County were without power.

Looking Ahead

Forecasters are calling for a return to more springlike weather for the region by the end of the week. It will not take long for this snow to melt away once the mercury returns to more seasonable levels.

However, folks in the north central U.S. will likely not be as lucky heading into the weekend. Another round of significant snow is forecast to fall on Friday and Saturday throughout parts of northern Wyoming, western North Dakota, eastern Montana, and northwestern South Dakota. While the intensity of this weather system is still in question, meteorologists are warning that some areas could pick up a foot of snow.

If you have a road trip planned along Interstate 94 or U.S. Routes 2, 12, and 85, you would be wise to keep a close eye on the weather forecast as the weekend approaches.

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