INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 29 (UPI) —
Parts of the Midwest were reporting 4-5 inches of new snow Saturday as a hefty winter storm headed toward the U.S. East Coast, forecasters said.
The storm was blamed for at least 10 deaths nationwide this week.
AccuWeather.com said 5.1 inches was on the ground in the Indianapolis suburbs and Columbus, Ohio, checked in with 4 inches. New York and Pittsburgh were expecting at least a couple of inches Saturday.
"It will keep the ski resorts happy and they won’t waste money making snow," said John Goff, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Burlington, Vt., told CNN.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a survey of the lower 48 states found snow covered 64 percent of the total area — a degree of coverage meteorologists told CNN was not seen last winter until February.
"Our current snow cover is not anything unusual," AccuWeather’s Jack Boston said. "It was just way less than normal last winter."