One of the elements of the Northeast snowstorm that we've been warning about this week has to do with the fact that many trees across the region are still full of leaves. As you can see by the photos below that are coming in from around New York City this afternoon, when you add even as little as an inch of heavy wet snow to the mix, the branches get weighed down and, in many cases, come right down:
This scenario is unfolding across most of southeast New York and Pennsylvania and adjacent areas. Where the limbs come down on power lines, we're also getting reports of widespread power outages.
Martha Stewart even posted a picture on twitter a moment ago of trees coming down on her property in Connecticut:
Keep in mind that strong winds have yet to develop across the region - but they will - which will further add to the problem later this evening and into tonight. North to Northeast winds of 20-30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph will develop from North of Philadelphia on up into the New York City area and points to the North and Northeast later this evening and continue into tonight.
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