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Snow hits many states

Wintery weather swept across parts of the U.S. on Friday with forecasts calling for more cold and snow this weekend stretching from the West Coast into New England.

BY PJ HELLER | BALTIMORE, Maryland | December 3, 2003

Wintery weather swept across parts of the U.S. on Friday with forecasts calling for more cold and snow this weekend stretching from the West Coast into New England.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warning, watches, snow warnings and winter weather advisories for much of the nation. Snow, sleet and cold rain were expected to put the chill on parts of the U.S.

The Weather Service said that upstate New York and southern New England were expected to get hit hardest, with the storm lasting through Monday morning.

The cold and snowy weather comes after mid-Atlantic and Northeast states faced flooding for a second day Friday when heavy rains combined with melting snow, forcing creeks and rivers to overflow. No major damage was reported but road from Virginia to New Jersey were flooded and traffic was snarled.

A winter storm developed Friday in Texas and Oklahoma and spread into Kansas. The storm was moving to the east, with forecasters calling for up to 5 inches of snow in southeast Missouri by Saturday night.

Forecasters said up to 12 inches of snow could be on the ground by Saturday morning in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Snow could fall as far south as Little Rock, Ark., the National Weather Service said.

As the low pressure system moves further east, it could bring heavy snow from 6 to 12 inches or more to central and northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York on Sunday and into Sunday night. The storm was expected to continue to move into the New England area.

Snow could change to rain, freezing rain or sleet if enough warm air was drawn northward, the Weather Service said.

Also in the east, another 5 inches of lake effect snow was forecast for western New York. By Friday afternoon, Irondequoit already reported 6 inches of snow on the ground. Up to 10 inches of snow could accumulate by Saturday morning in some areas, including Rochester to Fair Haven, the Weather Service said.


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