msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/23/2005 10:36:14 AM ET 2005-03-23T15:36:14

It's spring on the calendar, but parts of the United States were expecting snow Wednesday — including the Northeast, which could see 3-6 inches.

Rain will change to snow across New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts on Wednesday night, the private AccuWeather forecasting service predicted.

Scattered light snow showers were also expected in parts of the northern Plains and upper Mississippi Valley as a cold front approaches the region.

And more rain and snow was likely for much of the West Coast as a front pushed into the Pacific Northwest. Snow was expected in the Sierra Nevada, Cascades and more than a foot of the white stuff was forecast for parts of the Rockies.

The snow-cover map from the National Weather Service shows much of the northern United States with liberal amounts of the white stuff, including most of New England, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana also have snow on the ground.

South cleans up from storms
The Southeast, meanwhile, was seeing more heavy rain and tornado watches on Wednesday.

Severe thunderstorms were forecast for north Florida and east Georgia, where damaging wind and large hail was also expected.

Repair crews were at work across the South on Wednesday, cleaning up the damage caused by waves of thunderstorms that produced tornadoes and were blamed for at least one death.

The storms rippled across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia on Tuesday.

High wind, possibly a tornado, flattened a mobile home in southern Georgia’s Seminole County and killed a woman, said Lisa Ray of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. At least nine other people were injured in the state, two critically.

Georgia officials were keeping an eye on a small dam in Colquitt County that was threatened by rising water, and highway crews worked throughout the night to reopen roads blocked by downed trees and power lines, Ray said.

200 homes damaged
Elsewhere in Georgia, thunderstorms damaged about 100 homes in Miller County and more than 100 in Wayne County, and destroyed several mobile homes in Mitchell County, officials said.

An apparent tornado injured four people in the community of Pansy in extreme southeast Alabama, about 15 miles east of Dothan, said Charles Finney of the Houston County Emergency Management Agency. Homes and barns in the area were damaged.

Another tornado touched down in Mississippi’s DeSoto County, damaging two businesses and 11 houses, and the state also was hit by heavy hail and wind gusting to more than 70 mph.

“We had reports of six inches of hail in several places — some marble size and some quarter size,” said Franklin County, Miss., emergency management director Mark Thornton. “People said it looked like snow on the ground.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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