Forecasters have warned of a one-foot snowfall and high winds after a late winter storm in the northeastern United States on Saturday brought winter conditions to the southern states.
“A powerful cold front and low pressure system are plowing the east today with a wide range of hazards.” The National Weather Service said Saturday. “Very worrying, heavy thundershowers across the Southeast, possible across the Southeast, heavy snowfall from the Central Appalachians to the Inland Northeast and northern New England, and high winds in most parts.”
Extreme levels of snow and ice are expected along the east coast, forecasters said. Winds can reach seven to 12 inches at speeds of up to 45 mph in the northern parts of Pennsylvania and New York.
Storm warnings were in effect in coastal New Jersey and Delaware, with forecasts warning of winds of 40 to 50 mph and damage to trees and consequent power outages and difficult boating conditions. Wind alert is in effect in other areas.
Several St. Patrick’s Day parades have been postponed due to weather, including events planned in Albany, New York and Erie and Scranton, Pennsylvania and suburban Philadelphia. The march, scheduled for Sunday in Philadelphia, is still scheduled to go on. This year the holiday is coming up on Thursday.
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