COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than a month after the start of spring, a rare snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and Appalachians (search) Sunday, aggravating residents who thought they had packed away their scarves and shovels for good.
"My wife is livid because this was a long winter. ... Even people who normally don't complain about it are at the end of their wits," said Frank Hanley, who said he had a foot of heavy, wet snow on his deck in the northeastern Ohio town of Chardon (search).
The two-day storm brought temperatures well below the normal of around 60 as snow fell across parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina (search).
By Sunday evening, a foot of snow had fallen in eastern Michigan and 10 to 13 inches were reported in Detroit's northern suburbs, said meteorologist Greg Smith of the National Weather Service. In contrast, the snow in downtown Detroit was barely sticking to the ground.
In Ohio, the southern and eastern suburbs of Cleveland received 14 inches of snow, the Weather Service said.
In western North Carolina, about 5 inches had fallen on Grandfather Mountain, where the overnight low was 16 degrees and wind gusts reached 139 mph, meteorologists said.
The storm was expected to taper off late Sunday, and temperatures in the region were expected to return to a more spring-like 50 degrees on Monday. Spring began on March 20.
The Detroit Tigers postponed a home game against the Minnesota Twins for the second straight day. A makeup date for Sunday's game was not immediately announced. The teams were scheduled to make up the first game Monday afternoon.
Misti Hunt, a bartender in Bad Axe, Mich., said business was slow Sunday evening as the snow made the roads treacherous and some even totally impassable.
"A week ago we were wearing shorts and tank tops," she said.
The wet, heavy snow snapped tree branches and power lines, leaving about 80,000 FirstEnergy customers in the Cleveland area without power Sunday. Some were not expected to have their electricity restored until Monday, said Mark Durbin, a spokesman for the utility.
"The snow is clinging to the buds on those trees and it's really pulling stuff down" onto the power lines, Durbin said.
Tina Adams, 37, of Chardon, said her three children played board games and watched cartoons all day, but were getting a little stir crazy.
"We've been kind of spoiled because the weather was so nice last weekend," she said. "The kids got to go outside, play baseball and now we're stuck inside again. It's like the seasons have reversed."
Kathy Carney, a waitress at the Maple Leaf Restaurant in Chardon, about 25 miles east of Cleveland, said it was busier than usual at breakfast Sunday.
"It's extra busy because people don't have power. It's like a blizzard out there. It's snowing like crazy," she said.
The latest measurable snowfall in Cleveland was May 10, 1907, when two-tenths of an inch fell, said Mike Abair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.