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Spring Snow Storm Hits New England With School Closures, Disruption

A spring storm was forecast to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of New England on Monday morning, but New York City and Long Island should escape with a lighter covering.

Heavy snow was expected to create a messy commute for millions from eastern Long Island up to Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said, with winter storms watches in effect in several states.

Many Boston area schools were already closed early Monday, NBC station WHDH reported, and over 70 flights were canceled at the city's Logan airport as at 6 a.m. ET.

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Boston, Providence, Cape Cod and lower Maine were forecast to get up to 8 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said, but southeastern Massachusetts could get 8 to 10 inches and northern Maine could see up to 12 inches.

The weight of the snow could cause localized power outages, and winds on Cape Cod could gust past 35 mph from the north on Monday morning through early afternoon, NBC station NECN reported.

New York City residents can expect 1 to 3 inches, with about double that on Long Island.

The chilly mix came on the second day of spring, and followed Sunday snowfall that transformed New York City's parks into a scene from deepest Winter. The planned seasonal opening of Luna Park in Coney Island was canceled because of the weather.

However, the snow was forecast to move away quickly on Monday, and Tuesday was expected to see sunshine and temperatures rising to the 40s, NBC Connecticut reported.

The anticipated snow totals are dramatically less than what was predicted were earlier in the week, when it was feared that as much as 8 inches of snow could fall in New York City