No joke: Snows hit Northern New England on April Fools' Day

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No joke: Snows hit Northern New England on April Fools' Day

New England residents awoke Saturday morning and realized it was no April Fools' joke after more than a foot of heavy snow blanketed parts of the region.

While the upcoming storm on Tuesday will bring primarily rain to New England, some of the highest elevations of Northern New England will see accumulating snow. By mid-afternoon the number of electric customers without power across Vermont, New Hampshire and ME had dropped to about 8,100 from overnight totals nearly three times that number. The team will have to scramble to have the field ready for opening day on April 6, he said.

The city of Caribou, Maine has now seen more than 120 straight days with at least a foot of snow on the ground which is a new record length.

Erik Lustgarten and Tracy Neff were in Portland, Maine, reveling in the snow Saturday during their weekend away from home in Newburyport, Massachusetts. "It's lovely, it's fun, everyone's festive".

In Vermont, the state's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power, had more than 21,000 customers back on line after they had lost power overnight.

Bradford, New Hampshire, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the capital, Concord, reported 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow while the nearby town of Washington reported 17 inches (43 centimeters).

Kristin Carlson, a vice president for the utility, urged caution.

A hazardous weather outlook also is in place throughout the state, for the coming week. The Associated Press reports 6,000 customers are without power in Vermont, with 3,500 in the dark in New Hampshire.

The April Fools' Day snowstorm that hit parts of northern New England is winding down, but it's not keeping everyone from enjoying the joke. A flood warning was in effect for several MA counties after many areas received up to 2 inches of rain.

In Westport, Connecticut, police warned of possible road flooding during high tide.

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