No joke: New England to get snow dump on April Fool's Day

The heavy snow left thousands without power in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Erik Lustgarten and Tracy Neff were in Portland, Maine, reveling in the snow Saturday during their weekend away from home in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

A major snowstorm that arrives Friday evening in ME and New Hampshire will bring snow through much of April Fools' Day, which is Saturday.

"If you live in New England, you have to expect Mother Nature to keep you on your toes", said Erik Lustgarten, of Newburyport.

A winter storm warning has been issued for parts of MA. Neff said the snow was "fabulous".

"It couldn't be on a better day, April Fools", said Tracy Neff.

Bradford, New Hampshire, about 20 miles west of the capital Concord reported 18 inches of snow while the nearby town of Washington reported 17 inches.

Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches is likely, but there may be a swath of 6 to 12 inches north of Route 2 near the New Hampshire border.

There's also going to be heavy snow in parts of MA and Vermont. About 1,700 remained without service.

Twenty years ago, heavy snow buried portions of central and southern New England into the Catskills of NY and the Poconos of Pennsylvania from March 31 to April 1, Weather.com said.

Wet, sticky snow, she says, increases the likelihood that people in those areas will lose power thanks to downed power lines as tree limbs fall, and she says there's an increased chance of cars crashing into poles. A flood warning was issued for several MA counties after many areas received up to two inches of rain overnight. The Associated Press reports 6,000 customers are without power in Vermont, with 3,500 in the dark in New Hampshire. And police in Westport, Connecticut, warned of roads possibly flooding during high tide.

Spokesman Alec O'Meara said customers still without power should call customer service.

  • Zachary Reyes