Joke's on New England with April Fools' snowstorm

5:26 PM, Apr 1, 2011   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A spring snowstorm has created a winter wonderland in parts of northern New England, sending dozens of cars sliding off roads, knocking out power to thousands and giving tens of thousands of schoolchildren a surprise snow day.

But the April Fools' joke may be on forecasters, because the storm changed directions and turned into a ho-hum affair in most of the Northeast.

In many places, there was more rain than snow. In Maine, however, it dropped as much as a foot of snow.

At the peak, more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were without electricity. In Maine, utility crews planned to work through the night to restore service for customers.

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