Undated (AP) _ Strong, easterly winds threatened to cause flooding today along the central Atlantic Coast after a surprise spring snowstorm dropped as much as 9 inches of snow in North Carolina and Georgia.
Gale warnings were up along the central Atlantic Coast this morning.
The snowstorm Tuesday skipped through mountainous, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina, leaving snow in some places but only rain in others while triggering numerous accidents.
″It’s unbelievable,″ said Macon County, N.C., dispatcher Troy Gregory. ″I bet I’ve answered this phone 10,000 times already. ... There are accidents everywhere. But there’s nothing right here in town.″
″All of our major routes are blocked, either by power lines, trees or jackknifed tractor-trailers,″ said Avery County, N.C., dispatcher Larry Sudderth. ″The phones have just been ringing off the hook.″
No injuries were reported.
About 4 inches of snow fell in Boone, N.C., while Grandfather Mountain got 6 inches and Flat Top Mountain got 9.
Today, rain showers and thunderstorms extended from North Carolina and eastern South Carolina to Virginia. Skies were cloudy from West Virginia to the eastern Gulf Coast states and clear or partly cloudy over the rest of the nation.
Today’s forecast called for widely scattered rain showers in southwest California and along the central Atlantic Coast, and strong, gusty winds in the central Rockies.
Highs were expected to be in the 60s and 70s across much of the nation, the 40s and 50s from New England and New Jersey to the upper Appalachians, Upper Michigan, Minnesota and North Dakota; the 80s in much of Texas, the southern two-thirds of New Mexico, southern Arizona and inland Southern California and near 90 degrees in the desert Southwest.
Temperatures around the nation at 3 a.m. EDT ranged from 23 degrees at Houlton, Maine, to 85 degrees at Blythe, Calif.
-East: Atlanta 43 fair; Boston 37 partly cloudy; Buffalo 50 partly cloudy; Charleston, S.C. 47 rain; Cincinnati 48 fair; Cleveland 45 fair; Detroit 43 fair; Miami 64 fair; New York 37 partly cloudy; Philadelphia 38 partly cloudy; Pittsburgh 41 partly cloudy; Portland, Maine 33 cloudy; Washington 40 partly cloudy.
-Central: Bismarck 45 fair; Chicago 41 fair; Dallas-Fort Worth 54 fair; Denver 48 fair; Des Moines 45 fair; Indianapolis 43 fair; Kansas City 45 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 53 partly cloudy; Nashville 45 fair; New Orleans 51 fair; St. Louis 47 fair
-West: Albuquerque 58 cloudy; Anchorage 36 cloudy; Las Vegas 67 partly cloudy; Los Angeles 59 cloudy; Phoenix 78 cloudy; Salt Lake City 50 cloudy; San Diego 62 cloudy; San Francisco 54 partly cloudy; Seattle 51 partly cloudy.
-Canada: Montreal 32 fair; Toronto 41 partly cloudy.