Northeast faces chilly temperatures and snow in Pennsylvania and New York on April Fools’ Day


The Northeast was faced with freezing temperatures and snow in parts of Pennsylvania, New York and New England on the first day of the month, with the startling turnaround in the weather no April Fools’ Day joke. 

Just as people were starting to enjoy warmer spring weather after a winter season filled with snow storms, they were forced to don their jackets again as temperatures plunged to a blustery 30s with a wind chill of up to 20 mph. 

The winter blast arrived into eastern US Thursday coming off the back of a storm system that left flash flooding and storm damage in its wake in the south. 

Snow was dumped on parts of upstate New York Thursday morning with residents sharing images of the winter snap on social media.

The Northeast was faced with freezing temperatures and snow in parts of Pennsylvania, New York and New England on the first day of the month, with the startling turnaround in the weather no April Fools’ Day joke. Pictured the NWS office in Binghamton Thursday morning

Just as people were starting to enjoy warmer spring weather, they were forced to don their jackets again as temperatures plunged and snow fell across the northeast

Just as people were starting to enjoy warmer spring weather, they were forced to don their jackets again as temperatures plunged and snow fell across the northeast

Photos shared by the National Weather Service on Twitter revealed its Binghamton office blanketed in thick snow. 

‘Welcome to April! This is what our office looked like this morning at the 7AM shift change,’ it tweeted.  

The NWS said lake effect snow showers will continue overnight with up to two inches in some areas.

Forecasters warned that visibility will be reduced for people driving along roads. 

The NWS had issued a winter storm watch for April Fools’ Day, predicting between five and 10 inches of snow could fall in Central New York with even more upstate in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill.

The winter weather advisory was put in place for late Wednesday through to 5 pm ET Thursday.

‘Greater than 4 inches of snow is looking more likely for much of the Finger Lakes region into the New York Thruway corridor, with isolated amounts of 6 inches where the heaviest snow band sets up,’ forecasters warned. 

A New Yorker shared an image of the snow lying on the ground Thursday afternoon

A New Yorker shared an image of the snow lying on the ground Thursday afternoon 

Photos shared by the National Weather Service on Twitter revealed its Binghamton office blanketed in thick snow

Photos shared by the National Weather Service on Twitter revealed its Binghamton office blanketed in thick snow

Pennsylvania was also struck by snow showers Thursday, particularly across the higher parts north and west of the state

Pennsylvania was also struck by snow showers Thursday, particularly across the higher parts north and west of the state

But the snowfall didn’t reach forecast record-breaking levels, with the biggest snowfall in the state recorded in Paris and East Springfield, Otsego County, where four inches fell, according to Syracuse.com.

Pennsylvania was also struck by snow showers Thursday, particularly across the higher parts north and west of the state.

As of 5.35pm, snow continued to fall across central Pennsylvania before they are expected to trickle off around sunset.

The NWS State College had issued an early morning warning that people should not mistake the shock forecast for a Fools’ Day prank.

‘This is no April Fool’s joke! Today is going to feel like winter with breezy and chilly weather. Spring-feeling weather returns for the weekend!’ it tweeted Thursday morning.  

Meanwhile, the coldest temperatures are yet to come with record lows expected in the East Coast and Deep South Thursday night into Friday morning

Meanwhile, the coldest temperatures are yet to come with record lows expected in the East Coast and Deep South Thursday night into Friday morning

Temperatures are then expected to warm up in time for Easter weekend with dry weather and highs in the 50s across New York

Temperatures are then expected to warm up in time for Easter weekend with dry weather and highs in the 50s across New York

By 8 am, around two inches had already fallen at Erie International Airport. 

The snow comes courtesy of a storm system moving up from the south and taking a northeasterly path across the US, mixing with cold air to produce snow.  

In its wake, the storm left winter-like air in central and southern US, with temperatures near freezing in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia Thursday morning. 

This came after winds reached speeds of more than 60 mph and flash flooding occurred in Alabama and Tennessee Wednesday, where residents were already reeling from multiple tornadoes that struck the region last week.  

In Giles County, Tennessee, three people had to be pulled from a car Wednesday evening after floodwater submerged their vehicle up to the roof.

Meanwhile, the coldest temperatures are yet to come, reported ABC, with nearly four dozen record lows expected in the East Coast and Deep South Thursday night into Friday morning.     

Temperatures are then expected to warm up in time for Easter weekend with dry weather and highs in the 50s across New York.



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