PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A
quick-moving storm brought several inches of snow as well as rare
"thundersnow" to parts of the winter-weary East Coast, prompting speed
restrictions on Pennsylvania highways on Tuesday, days after the
Southeast and Northeast were paralyzed with heavy snow, ice and massive
By the morning rush hour, the National Weather Service had reported
4.5 inches of snow in Mercer County in western Pennsylvania and 3.5
inches in Berks County in eastern Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, between
2 and 3 inches was reported.
The storm brought "thundersnow," an area of heavy snow with embedded
thunder, from near downtown Pittsburgh to Dubois. Forecasters said
moderate to heavy snow would follow with snowfall rates over 1 inch per
The storm led Pennsylvania Turnpike officials to reduce speed limits
to 45 mph along the entire 360-mile highway system. State transportation
officials followed suit on some interstates and other roads. Last week,
a series of crashes on the turnpike outside Philadelphia injured 30
people and left cars stranded in a miles-long backup for hours.
Forecasters predicted many East Coast states would see 3 to 6 inches
of snow on Tuesday after a storm moved in overnight from the Great Lakes
and through the Mid-Atlantic. Some areas were getting rain, sleet or a
"We're looking at a relatively short duration event," said the weather service's John Cristantello.
Temperatures above freezing on Tuesday should move up to the 40s to
mid-50s for the remainder of the week, he said, giving people a reprieve
from shoveling and shivering.
Coastal areas in Maine and Massachusetts saw blizzard-like conditions
with more than a foot of snow on Saturday, and thousands on Cape Cod
were left without power. Maine was expected to get another 4 to 8 inches
of snow on Tuesday. Boston was forecast get 1 to 3 inches but
Worcester, located west of the capital, could get as much as 6 to 8
On Monday, several inches of snow fell across the Great Lakes,
causing Chicago's two airports to cancel more than 1,000 flights. In
Michigan, crashes closed portions of Interstate 96 in Grand Rapids and
the Muskegon area saw whiteout conditions.
Last week, about 1.2 million utility customers lost power as the
storm marched from the South through the Northeast. Schools, businesses
and government offices closed. The storm was blamed for at least 25
deaths stretching from Texas to Maine.