Snow, Rain Pound the East Coast

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By Lisa Kunkel

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Schools in western Pennsylvania are closing in the face of an unusual late-April snow storm that's chugging through the Northeast, threatening to bring high winds and up to a foot of snow in some places.

The slow moving coastal storm delivered much much-needed rain to the parched region over the weekend, from Virginia to New England.

The rain is turning into snow for some in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

The nor'easter has dumped up to six inches of snow on New York State's eastern Lake Ontario region, and the Buffalo area could get 5 to 9 inches.

Districts in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains began announcing school closures Sunday night. As much as 7 inches of snow was expected in some areas.

Flood watches have been canceled in the New York City area and in New Jersey.

Officials say the rain should go a long way toward alleviating drought conditions, which have helped spark several major brush fires in recent weeks.

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