(Reuters) - Snow lovers in the northeast finally got what they have been waiting for on Saturday, with a fast-moving storm expected to drop 3 to 7 inches from central Pennsylvania to Connecticut, as the Pacific Northwest struggled to recover from a rare heavy snowfall.
The late and moderate storm in the northeast stood in contrast with the heavy snows of last winter, which included a post-Christmas blizzard that dumped 20 inches on New York City.
"We haven't missed it, but it's been noticeably absent," Victoria Lupica, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia International Airport, said of the snow. Her airport had 66 cancelled flights Saturday morning.
Snowfall totals were expected to reach 3 to 5 inches in New York City, 2 to 4 inches in Philadelphia and up to 3 inches in Boston. For many areas away from the Great Lakes, the storm was expected to amount to the heaviest snowfall since late October, according to weather.com.
At La Guardia International Airport in New York, travelers were advised to check with their airlines to see which flights were affected by weather-related delays, the airport's website said.
The Pacific Northwest, meanwhile, continued to suffer the aftermath of an unusually snowy week, with two hikers and two climbers still missing in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.
About 205,000 homes and businesses, mostly south of Seattle in Washington state, remained without power, Puget Sound Energy said on its Web site. Flooding remained a concern as temperatures rose into the lower 40s.
In the West, heavy snow was predicted for mountain areas of the western states.
In parts of South Carolina, voters in the Republican presidential primary were seeing rain, thunderstorms and even tornado watches and warnings Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Thunderstorms, some with hail, were predicted for the southeastern United States, with damaging wind gusts and tornadoes possible across the lower Mississippi Valley, according to weather.com.