Spring Northeast Snowstorm on the Way!

April 22, 2012; 4:06 PM ET
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Similar sights as above can be seen in Northeast. A lone tulip stands in a small drift of snow in central Denver after a spring storm swept over Colorado's Front Range communities on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A wild spring snowstorm is heading toward the Northeast late tonight into Monday, only one week after highs soared into the 80s across the region. The storm will produce heavy rain, strong winds and a tree-snapping snowfall.

The raucous storm that moved across the Florida Peninsula Saturday night will then move north along the East Coast today before pinwheeling west into the interior Northeast on Monday.

Initially, heavy rain will pound cities from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City this afternoon and evening. By tonight, heavy rain and strong winds will pound New England, including Boston.

At the same time, heavy, wet snow will begin to fall across the Appalachians of West Virginia north into central Pennsylvania tonight.

A wet snow will pile up into Monday across central and western Pennsylvania north into southwestern New York. The higher elevations will be targeted for the heaviest snow.

Towns from Johnstown, Pa., to Bradford, Pa., and Salamanca, N.Y., are on alert for the heaviest snow Sunday night into Monday where up to a foot is possible.

Cities such as Pittsburgh, Pa., to Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y., are on alert for a heavy, wet, snow, where several inches can accumulate.

Most of the accumulations will be found on grassy and non-paved surfaces.

The biggest concern for the region will be the heavy snow snapping trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible across the mountain regions of West Virginia to Pennsylvania and western New York.

The storm will gradually lose strength Monday night into Tuesday as the storm heads north into Canada.

Chilly, gusty winds will ensue across the Northeast on Tuesday, with rain and snow showers dotting the region.

Stay tuned for the latest information on the spring snowstorm.

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