Monday, April 23, 2012
A powerful spring storm threatened to disrupt Monday morning commutes across the northeastern United States with potentially historic snowfall and heavy rains.
The blustery blast follows a mild winter that saw little snow and the warmest March on record.
Snowfall amounts of 6 to 14 inches are forecast for the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania and near Lake Erie, the National Weather Service said. Snow advisories also are posted for West Virginia, western New York and extreme northeastern Ohio.
Such storms are rare for late April in the region and records are expected to fall.
The highest recorded snowfall for Pittsburgh on this date was half an inch in 1956. Up to 5 inches of snow are forecast for Monday, the weather service said.
The spring snow storm could be a nightmare for public works crews as the heavy wet flakes weigh on the new spring foliage.
"We have a forestry division on standby that they're going to be ready to respond to any tree problems and issues that we have," Rob Kaczorowski, of Pittsburgh Public Works, told CNN affiliate KDKA-TV. "The snow removal part ... will be a wet, slushy snow and we'll be in a plow mode actually pushing the slush off the street."