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Daryl Ritchison, Published April 27 2012

Weather Talk: Late snow storm strikes parts of northeastern U.S.

After a very mild winter, parts of the northeastern United States were hit by a late-season snow storm earlier this week.

The major cities along the coast recorded rain and strong wind, but interior regions experienced a wet, sloppy snow. The heaviest snow fell along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains along the West Virginia/Virginia border through western Pennsylvania into western New York.

Parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine also picked up some snow from the event, but it was generally light. The warm temperatures this spring in that area allowed most trees to become fully leafed out before the storm hit, and the heavy, wet snow destroyed thousands of trees as the weight of the snow on those leaves was too much for many trees.

Unfortunately, that same area had a very early snow event last October just before Halloween that caused significant tree damage as the leaves had not fallen yet. The combination of those two storms in turn made the “year without a winter” a memorable one after all.


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