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PHOTOS: Dramatic cold blast returns snow to northeastern US

A dramatic shot of colder air allowed snow to return to the northeastern United States this weekend. For some, it was the first taste of winter of the season.

A powerful cold front rapidly swept away the 60- and 70-degree Fahrenheit warmth that brought last week to an end across the Northeast.

Temperatures plunged about 30 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of a few hours in many communities this weekend.

As the cold caught up with the rain accompanying the cold front, accumulating snow fell from the central Appalachians to New York state and western New England.

Snowfall Totals, as of 10 a.m. EST Sunday

Snow total
Near West Stephentown, New York
Near Hillsdale, New York
New Kingston, New York
Near Shaftsbury, Vermont
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
West Milford, New Jersey
Orange Lake, New York
Duo, West Virginia

With temperatures not far from freezing, the snow was heavy and wet in nature and weighed down tree branches and power lines.

National Grid reported about 4,500 customers were without power in Fulton, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties in New York as of Sunday morning.

Farther to the south, the first snowflakes of the season were sighted in New York City's Central Park.

Lake-effect snow developed behind the initial band of snow and will continue to further bury communities downwind of the eastern Great Lakes early this week.

Six inches of snow covered Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, which is located about 10 miles northwest of Scranton, on Sunday morning. (Photo/Nancy Thompson)

Snow covered Brunswick, New York, on Sunday morning. (Photo/Jennifer Nardacci)

Snow being measured in Brunswick, New York, on Sunday morning. (Photo/Jennifer Nardacci)

A wintry scene unfolded in South Dayton, New York, on Sunday morning. (Photo/Missy Stearns)

Snow blanketed a farm near Covington, Pennsylvania, on Sunday morning. (Photo/Bonnie Baker)

Shrubs quickly turned white near Covington, Pennsylvania, as snow began to fall on Saturday evening. (Photo/Valerie Baker)

A total of 4 inches of snow was measured on elevated surfaces in Brunswick, New York, where power outages have ensued on Sunday morning. (Photo/Laurie Duffey)