(NEW YORK) — The official first day of spring is Friday. Unfortunately, Old Man Winter is feeling extra grumpy toward the Northeast this year, bringing more cold and snow to the region.
First, it’s the cold.
Gusty winds and frigid morning temperatures are making it feel more like January instead of March this week. Thursday morning will feature temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal — in the 20s from Pittsburgh to New York City, in the teens in Boston and even single digits in northern New England.
This cold air will stay in place right into the weekend, and that sets the stage for accumulating snow as a storm system tracks towards the Northeast Thursday night into Friday.
Snow will travel from West Virginia to Philadelphia to New York City and into southern New England on Friday. These areas could get 1 to 4 inches of snow with 5 to 6 inches possible in some spots.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued Thursday for New York City and most of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the mountains of central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland and northern West Virginia, where up to half a foot of snow could accumulate.
Snow is expected to begin in Philadelphia after 10 a.m. ET Friday and start up in New York City an hour later, continuing onto Connecticut by the early afternoon. Snow will be heavy at times in these areas from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Luckily, this is a fast moving storm and will clear the region by Friday night, leaving behind a much drier and more pleasant Saturday for the first weekend of Spring.
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