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Utilities Bracing for Northeast Snow as Rain Falls in New York

Utility companies are preparing for a powerful storm that threatens flooding rains along the East Coast and snow and gusting winds that may break trees and tear down power lines in western New York and Pennsylvania.

As much as 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow may fall from Buffalo, New York, southward through Pittsburgh and into West Virginia, said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania.