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Spring Snow Sweeps Plains, Heads East

April 7, 2003

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ 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.

By Sunday evening, snow was falling at a rate of an inch an hour in eastern Nebraska as the storm headed into Iowa.

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.

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.

``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.

To the south, in the eastern Texas community of Tatum, a possible tornado hit a mobile home park Sunday afternoon, damaging about 35 homes, as a band of severe thunderstorms swept through. No serious injuries were reported.

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