NEW YORK – A spring noreaster rumbled along the East Coast on Sunday and was expected to bring rain and heavy winds and even snow in some places as it strengthens today.
The storm is atypical for April, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in New York City, where up to 3 1/2 inches of rain are expected with wind gusts of 25-30 mph.
With the storm came disruptions. Pro baseball games were postponed in New York and Washington. The space shuttle Enterprises scheduled arrival in New York City was pushed back. An Earth Day celebration in Virginia Beach, Va., was canceled.
From Philadelphia north through New York City and into southern New England up to 4 inches of rain could fall.
Some higher-elevation areas in the western parts of Pennsylvania and New York and in West Virginia and Ohio could even see snow. Forecasts called for 4 to 12 inches.
Flooding was possible in some areas, but precipitation in much of the Northeast is below average for this time of year. Were down 7 or 8 inches, weather service forecaster Charlie Foley said. This wont completely wipe out the deficit, but it will certainly help.
Even Lake Champlain on the Vermont-New York border, typically close to flood stage this time of year because of rain and snowmelt, is near a record low. A year ago, it approached its highest level on record.
The storms biggest threat is likely power outages caused by falling trees and limbs bringing down power lines, meteorologist John Darnley said.