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Snow piles up in far Western Md.

Monday - 4/23/2012, 2:46pm  ET

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Despite the cold snap covering the mountain with snow at Wisp Resort Monday, the slopes remained closed. (Courtesy Wisp Resort)
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MCHENRY, Md. - A spring snowstorm is putting a wintry coat on the mountains of far Western Maryland.

Maryland State Police in McHenry said Monday morning that 6 inches to 8 inches of snow have fallen in parts of Garrett County. They say the wintry weather isn't causing significant traffic problems.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a total snowfall of up to 9 inches by Tuesday morning.

While the weather is walloping Garrett County, conditions are much worse farther north.

The nor'easter packing high winds, soaking rain and springtime snow churned up the Northeast on Monday, closing some schools and sparking worries about power outages in communities that were basking in record warmth a month ago.

The earliest hits were on higher ground, where snow-laden tree limbs pulled down power lines and commuters navigated slushy roads to work and school. Up to a foot of snow or more was forecast for higher elevations.

Utilities reported about 50,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania and central and western New York.

"It's going to be a bad one. Limbs are breaking everywhere," said Mark Shaffer, who works at Laurel Valley Hardware in Stahlstown, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Shaffer said power at the store went out about 8:30 a.m., even though there was just 4 inches of snow on the ground.

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