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East Coast Storm Brings Rain; Snow Expected for Some Areas

An unusually heavy spring storm dumped large amounts of much-needed rainfall along the East Coast of the U.S. over the weekend, and is expected to bring travel delays across the region through Monday.

The heavy storm, which is expected to move out of the region by Tuesday, brought rainfall to the unusually dry Atlantic seaboard but left some concerned that urban centers will face overwhelmed drainage systems.

Within the next 36 hours, snow is expected to hit regions in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Western New York. Forecasters estimate that anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow will fall in Buffalo, N.Y.

Heavy winds are also expected to cause power outages and bring down tree limbs.

Weather forecasters have expressed concerns over possible power outages in the towns of Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Erie, Buffalo, and as far north as Toronto.

"It's unusual, but not unheard of," meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald of the National Weather Service told The Associated Press of the spring storm.

Flood warnings and advisories were issued across the East Coast due to the unusually heavy rains, but have been canceled this morning.

Meteorologists are welcoming the heavy storm, due to the lack of rain and snowfall the region experienced this winter.

"We're down 7 or 8 inches. This won't completely wipe out he deficit but it will certainly help," weather service forecaster Charlie Foley told the AP.

As a heavy storm pummels the East Coast, residents across the southwest will experience abnormally warm weather over the next few days.

Temperatures were expected to reach into the high 90s Monday and Tuesday in cities such as Phoenix, Yuma, and Las Vegas.

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