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New York City braces for spring snowstorm

Spring has sprung — but someone ought to tell Jack Frost.

new york city snow A spring storm may coat the five boroughs with 3 inches of snow Tuesday.
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Spring has sprung — but someone ought to tell Jack Frost.

After a few days of relatively warm spring weather, cold temperatures Monday will continue into Tuesday with a chance of snow.

Between 2 and 3 inches of snow are expected Tuesday as a coastal storm moves north, according to the National Weather Service.

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Forecasts suggest the storm will develop further south than previously expected.

"It's going to have much less of an impact on the city," weather service meteorologist Brian Ciemnecki said.

After a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon, the snow is expected to become heavier in the evening, tapering off by 2 a.m. Wednesday. The Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert for noon Tuesday.

Temperatures should peak at 39 degrees. The average temperature for March 25 is 53 degrees.

Snowfall in March, while annoying, isn't out of the ordinary, Ciemnecki said.

"This time of year we can always get all different types of weather events," he said. "The good thing about this storm is that any snow that falls, because of seasonal changes, whatever falls will be melted in no time."

Internally, the National Weather Service calls events like this "Nor'easter bombs" because the storm's low-pressure center "bombs-out" or rapidly decreases,Ciemnecki explained.

The "bomb" could help break a 142-year-old record, according to the weather service. The highest recorded snowfall for March 25 was 2.3 inches, logged in 1872.

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