Weather & Natural Disasters

Late Wintry Wallop Targets 39M From Ohio to Cape Cod

Erik Ortiz and Erin McGarry
Pedestrians walk through wet snow.
Bebeto Matthews | AP

With spring just over a week away, winter isn't willing to bow out without another bone-chilling blast.

About 39 million people on Friday were under a winter weather alert in a narrow swath stretching from eastern Ohio to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Snow began falling early morning in major cities along the East Coast. New York City is set to see about 2 to 3 inches before the snowstorm moves out by 3 p.m. ET, while Boston could see between 1 to 2 inches and the Cape Cod area could see up to 8 inches.

"This is actually going to be a pretty big storm for some people, especially Cape Cod, parts of coastal New England and then especially eastern Long Island as well," said Weather Channel meteorologist Ari Sarsalari.

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He added that the storm will bring frigid temperatures overnight and into the weekend.

Record lows could be challenged in the Northeast, and wind chill could make Saturday morning feel like 7 degrees in New York, 12 degrees in Washington, D.C., and minus 3 degrees in Boston.

Warming centers are being set up in some cities, including Newark, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, don't expect the weather to turn more spring-like next week.

A Nor'easter is on track to move up the East Coast Monday into Tuesday, forecasters say, with D.C. up to Boston expected to see a mix of rain and snow.

Nevertheless, don't forget to "spring forward" this Sunday.