April Fool! Spring Storm Tracks East, Spares Us - NBC New York

April Fool! Spring Storm Tracks East, Spares Us



    Janice Huff recaps the aftermath of yesterday's heavy rainfall and predicts much needed milder weather and sunshine through next week. (Published Friday, March 11, 2011)

    A spring storm dropped just a few inches of wet snow on parts of upstate New York state -- an amount far less than forecast earlier.  

    Meteorologists said the storm tracked farther east than some models predicted, meaning higher elevations in Vermont and western Massachusetts got more snow Friday than much of the Hudson Valley.      

    Showers are ending this evening and Saturday should be dry.

    In Rockland County, some residents who had expected more than half a dozen inches of snow by Friday morning said, "The joke's on us."

    Thick flurries started falling in Sparta, N.J., around 5:30 a.m., drifting onto piles of residual snow from a storm about two weeks ago. By 7 a.m., however, the roads were more wet than white and schools were able to open on schedule.    

    There was no real snow accumulation in the city.

    Drier air moves in tonight, with partly sunny skies on Saturday as temperatures climb back into the low 50s. More sunshine Sunday will send highs into the mid 50s. While weekend temperatures will still be slightly below normal, it'll feel great in the sunshine.

    Enjoy the weekend. We may be in for more rain by Monday.

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