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Spring Storms Hit East and West

March 23, 1992

Undated (AP) _ A storm coated the Great Lakes and the Northeast with springtime snow. A jet crashed while taking off in the storm in New York City, killing at least 20 people, and at least six traffic deaths were blamed on the weather.

Rain was blamed for a 20-car pileup in Southern California. No one was seriously hurt.

The USAir jet carrying 51 people skidded off the runway at La Guardia Airport and into a shallow bay. Neither the airline nor the Federal Aviation Administration had any immediate explanation of what caused the crash.

Between 4 and 6 inches of snow fell in the New York metropolitan area, causing delays at the three major airports. It was the city’s second snowstorm in a week. Until last week, New York had received only about 3 inches for the season.

Snow fell Sunday from the lower Great Lakes through the Ohio Valley and into southern New England.

Three people were killed in northern New York, and numerous accidents were reported along the storm’s path.

″People forgot how to drive evidently,″ said Fred Tedesco, a sheriff’s deputy in New York’s Erie County. ″The calendar says spring so we’re going to drive like that.″

Up to 10 inches of snow fell over Michigan and 6 inches fell in northern Indiana. Northwest Ohio had up to 8 inches. Eighteen-inch snowdrifts formed in in Monroe, Mich., about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

Three planes slid off runways and many flights were canceled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Two people were killed in traffic accidents in suburban Chicago, where up to 10 inches of snow fell, police said.

A woman was killed in a storm-related traffic accident near Madison, Wis.

The California pileup came on rain-slickened Interstate 10 in suburban Los Angeles.

White Point Beach near San Pedro, about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, was closed after a mudslide.

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