A classic nor’easter was chugging along up the East Coast and expected to dump anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 10 inches throughout the region starting Saturday, a decidedly unseasonal date for a type of storm more associated with midwinter.
Communities inland in mid-Atlantic states were getting hit hardest. Some place saw more than half a foot of snow. Heavy snow was falling in western Maryland, National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Konarik said, and 10 inches fell just across the state line in Markleysburg, Pa., though the snow was beginning to taper off as the storm moved north.
More than 250,000 customers lost power in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and utilities were bringing in crews from Ohio and Kentucky to help restore it. Officials had warned that the heavy, wet snow combined with fully leafed trees could lead to downed tree branches and power lines, resulting in power outages and blocked roads.