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White to be fall color in Northeast this weekend

HEBRON, Conn. — A storm moving up the East Coast was expected to combine with a cold air mass and dump anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 10 inches today in parts of the Northeast.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said October snowfall records could be broken in parts of southern New England, especially at higher elevations. The October record for southern New England is 7.5 inches in Worcester in 1979.

The most snow will likely hit the Massachusetts Berkshires, the Litchfield Hills in northwestern Connecticut, southwestern New Hampshire and the southern Green Mountains. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy warned residents that they could lose power.

The storm could bring more than 6 inches of snow to parts of Maine beginning tonight. Parts of southern Vermont could receive more than a foot of wet snow today into Sunday.

In Pennsylvania, 6 to 10 inches could fall at higher elevations, including the Laurel Highlands in the southwestern part of the state and the Pocono Mountains in the northeast. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could see a coating.

"This is very, very unusual," said John LaCorte, a National Weather Service meteorologist in State College, Pa. "It has all the look and feel of a classic midwinter nor'easter. It's going to be very dangerous."

The last major widespread snowstorm in Pennsylvania this early was in 1972, LaCorte said.

In New England, the first measurable snow usually falls in early December, and normal highs for late October are in the mid 50s.

White to be fall color in Northeast this weekend 10/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:20pm]
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