More snow, more trouble for Pa., East CoastBy AP | Last updated: Mar 3, 2014 - 12:59:41 PM
Forecasters say observers 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. Allegheny, Butler, Venango and Lehigh counties are each reported 3 inches of snow.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike reduced speed limits to 45 mph along the entire turnpike system Feb. 18 due to heavy snow and icy conditions, and the same speed limit was in effect on many commonwealth interstates and other roads.
Temperatures were above freezing Feb. 18 and were expected to rise to the 40s to mid-50s, he said.
Coastal areas in Maine and Massachusetts saw blizzard-like conditions with more than a foot of snow during a storm on Feb. 15, and thousands on Cape Cod were left without power. Maine was expected to get another 4 to 8 inches of snow. Boston expected 1 to 3 inches but Worcester, located west of the capital, was looking at 6 to 8 inches.
On Feb. 17, 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.
The previous week, snow, sleet and ice that bombarded the Southeast brought its ferocity into the East Coast a day later. About 1.2 million utility customers lost power as the storm moved from the South through the Northeast. Schools, businesses and government offices closed.
The recent storms have been blamed for the deaths of at least 25 people. (AP)