Nightly News | April 22, 2012
>> with something we don't often have to report in late april. heavy snow falling in the northeast. but then again, very little has been normal about the weather patterns this year. tonight a pretty powerful nor'easter is blasting cities and towns up and down the coast with heavy rain and wind. and it's expected to bring up to a foot of snow in parts of the interior northeast. maryland up to western new york . that heavy wet snow blanketing trees, thanks to an early spring saw their leaves arrive several weeks early, could bring down limbs, and power outages across wide areas. all told, some 70 million people will be feeling the effects of this storm heading into the monday morning rush hour. meteorologist kelly cass is tracking it all from weather channel headquarters in atlanta. kelly?
>> good evening, lester. we do need the rain in the northeast, it will be a drought busting rain. it will cause some problems as you mentioned for travelers from boston to new york , down toward d.c. it's already an impact on baseball games having to be postponed across the area as well. flood watches in effect from the hudson valley over to boston , as far south as delaware. this area here could see anywhere from two to four inches of precipitation. so while we do need the rain, this could come all too fast and furious and it could lead to runoff and unfortunately problems with road flooding. albany, new york , picking up anywhere from two to three inches. it's going to be a heavy, wet snow. here we are the middle of april, better than a foot in some of the higher elevations of pennsylvania. and unfortunately with the trees already leafing out at this point, there will be some tree damage most likely as well as some power outages. know where your flashlights are. you're going to be impacted right through tuesday, not by just the rain and snow, but the winds are going to be increasing especially along the coast. the darker blue showing it could be up to 30, 40 miles an hour. check ahead if you're doing any traveling on monday. it will be a rough go for all of the airports in the new york area, already reporting delays right now. boston , major delays for you as well.