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Spring Snow Won't Let Up

Springtime in Nebraska: Dick Peetz and his dog Misty, in Scottsbluff (left), and in North Platte (right), a budding crabapple tree acquires an unexpected coating of heavy white snow. Both AP photos from 4-5-03.
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A snowy spring storm swept through the Plains on Sunday, dumping up to a foot of heavy, wet snow across Nebraska as it headed east.

Forecasters said the massive storm system would spawn blustery weather in the Northeast on Monday. New York City is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches of snow, and other cities in the region are bracing for wintry weather as well.

Hours before the snow was to begin falling in New York City, the Yankees postponed Monday's home opener against the Minnesota Twins.

"They've had this forecast for a few days," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, as the game was rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon. "We want to play, but obviously they feel that if we did play, it would have been in-between, stop and start and I think everybody dreads that kind of a ballgame. It's not fair for the fans to see the first game like that."

"It's a fairly potent storm system that's rolling through the Midwest now and I would assume that's what they're looking at for the East Coast as well," said Carl Barlow, a specialist with the National Weather Service in Johnston, Iowa.

He said the Midwest storm has already spawned tornadoes and heavy rain in the South.

By Sunday evening, snow was falling at a rate of an inch an hour in eastern Nebraska as the storm headed into Iowa. There were numerous weather-related accidents on Interstate 80 in Nebraska, but no other serious injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service reported that a foot had fallen in Greeley and Hastings.

Evening temperatures were expected to drop into the 20s, causing what had been a late-afternoon rain in some areas to turn to snow, said National Weather Service forecaster Becky Griffis. Accumulations between 6 and 10 inches were expected by early Monday across the state.

Several schools in Nebraska and Iowa began canceling classes.

Western New York, meanwhile, continued to chip away at remnants of a late-season ice storm that knocked out lights and heat to more than 300,000 homes.

Adding to the misery, temperatures dipped back below freezing Sunday after a warm spell melted most of the ice from the day before. The forecast called for snow in the area Monday.

"We're burning wood in the fireplace, staying warm under quilts and just bundling up and cuddling a lot," said Barb Murphy, of Rochester, N.Y.