Spring arrives in the form of a snowstorm to cap painfully cold winter

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- It will look and feel on Friday more like the long, painful winter we've endured for months rather than the first of spring as a late-season storm promises to dump several inches of snow on the tri-state.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday for New york City, Long Island and portions of northeast New Jersey, according to the National Weather Service. The agency said up to half a foot of snow is possible in some areas along with a trace of ice, making for treacherous road conditions.

Precipitation will start about 12 p.m., beginning as rain then turning over to heavy, wet snow, PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church said. The first snowflakes fell around midday; the most significant snowfall will happen between 3 and 9 p.m. then the storm will move out overnight, leaving behind sunshine and more unseasonably cool temperatures for Saturday and Sunday.

New York City is expected to be blanketed by 2 to 4 inches of snow, while those on Long Island can expect 1 to 2 inches of snowfall. Church said the storm will come in the form of mostly rain for central and southern New Jersey. Points further north will receive 4 to 6 inches of snow.

Though frustrating, a storm on the first day of spring -- that long-awaited promise of warmer weather -- may not be surprising for many residents in the northeast. It's been a long, hard winter.

This season, New Yorkers endured above-normal snowfall and below-average temperatures, Mr. G and PIX11 weather producer Andrew Cruz said.

And that uncomfortable cold may not end until April.

"I think the whole month (of March), what's left of it, two more weeks, will stay cold," Mr. G said.

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