Calendar Said Spring, But Forecast Said Snow

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KANSAS CITY (CBS News) -- The calendar may say spring, but somebody forgot to tell Mother Nature.

A late-winter storm is hitting parts of the Midwest along Interstate 70 and is headed east toward Pennsylvania, bringing heavy snow and high winds.

The National Weather Service said parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas saw 10 to 15 inches of snow Saturday, and southwestern Nebraska had up to 7 inches. Winds gusting at speeds of up to 45 mph created snow drifts of 2 to 3 feet in the three states, said Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan.

"We have pretty much cleared out. Sunny skies. It's starting to melt a bit," Husted said Sunday.

Points eastward weren't as lucky as the system moved on. Winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued for Sunday and as far east as Pennsylvania.

Residents of the commonwealth are being warned to brace for up to a foot of snow in the Lauren Highlands. The National Weather service's Brad Rehak said Pittsburgh is expected to get four to six inches of snow.

The storm dumped 7 to 9 inches of snow from eastern Kansas into central Missouri before tapering off of the Midwest Sunday morning, Kansas City meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel said. In the mid-Missouri town of Columbia TV station KOMY was briefly evacuated because of high winds and a heavy buildup of snow on the broadcast tower next to the building.

But there was no cause for college basketball fans in Kansas City to be concerned, as the snow didn't affect the NCAA men's tournament schedule.

Forecasters predict that the storm will move into Ohio Sunday night, bringing between 5 to 9 inches.

The storm is expected to weaken as it moves into Pennsylvania late Sunday and into Monday, with totals ranging from 3 to 8 inches. But before it exists off the coast of New Jersey on Monday night, the storm could leave 1 to 3 inches in southern New York and New Jersey.

"It's definitely a wide-hitting system," Hawblitzel said.