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Spring snowstorm hammers New York, Pennsylvania (+video)

A Spring nor'easter is forecast to dump more than a foot of snow in Pennsylvania, and parts of New York, closing schools and causing power outages. Flood watches have been issued for Maine and New Hampshire

Snow and flooding hit Northeastern US. Where the biggest snowfalls will be.
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A spring nor'easter dumped up to six inches of snow east of Lake Ontario on Monday and parts of western New York could see more than a foot of snow before the late-season storm moves on.

Rain in the Buffalo area was changing to snow with 5 to 9 inches expected through 7 a.m. Tuesday. Up to 16 inches are possible in higher elevations south of Buffalo through Tuesday morning.

In Cortland County in central New York, authorities said county roads are snow covered and slippery and they urged drivers not to head out unless absolutely necessary.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Wood said six inches of snow fell by daybreak Monday in the higher terrain of Tug Hill, just southeast of Watertown. He says the snow will be changing to rain there later Monday morning. Winds and heavy precipitation brought scattered outages around the state. NYSEG reported more than 12,000 customers without power, with many in the Southern Tier.

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Flood watches were up around eastern New York after heavy rain overnight.

In Pennsylvania, the sudden burst of winter is expected to bring up to a foot of snow in higher elevations inland, closing some schools and sparking concerns of power outages.

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