* Snow could knock out electrical power
* Travel delays also possible
(Updates with snow starting in Northeast, other details)
By Neale Gulley
BUFFALO, N.Y., April 22 Winter made a comeback
on Sunday as a powerful storm brought rare, late season snow to
the northeastern United States, and parts of New England faced
the threat of flooding.
After a milder-than-normal winter in most of the country,
snow fell late Sunday from the mountains of West Virginia to the
southern shores of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and New York, with
as much as one to two feet (.3 to .6 meters) expected over the
next 36 hours.
In Buffalo, New York, 3 to 6 inches (8 cm to 15 cm) of snow
were expected over the period, said Bob Hamilton, meteorologist
with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
He said there could be power outages from the wet, heavy
snow on power lines.
"It's going to cause some damage, no question about that,"
Rain drenched the Boston area on Sunday, prompting the
Boston Red Sox baseball team to postpone an evening game against
the New York Yankees.
The National Weather Service warned of flooding across
southern New England as heavy rain was expected to continue
falling through the night. It issued a flood watch for parts of
northern Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and
Rhode Island, according to its website.
Late season storms are unusual, but not unheard of, in the
Northeast, Hamilton said.
"It happens every 15 years or so. It's something you deal
with when you live in this part of the country," he said.
The rain extended south to Washington, D.C., and into North
Carolina, spurred by a deep low pressure system along the
Atlantic coast. The rain was accompanied by 50 mile per hour
winds (80 kph). Travel delays were expected on Monday.
Private forecaster AccuWeather said the highest rainfall
amounts of up to 4 inches (10 cm) would fall from Virginia to
New York City late Sunday. New England would be hit harder early
Monday into the morning rush hour.
(Additional reporting by Karen Brooks and Daniel Lovering;
Editing by Greg McCune and Stacey Joyce)