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Five to 8 inches still could fall on central and eastern Long Island, according to the National Weather Service. And up to 10 inches was expected in southeast Massachusetts from near Boston south, Rhode Island, far southeast Connecticut and Downeast Maine.
Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts were under a winter storm warning through 11 a.m. Monday, leading Boston school officials to cancel Monday's classes. The University of Connecticut, meanwhile, delayed Monday's classes until noon.
Plows were loaded onto trucks and crews were pretreating roads ahead of the Monday morning commute in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and elsewhere along the South Shore, where people were being urged to delay going into work if they could.
"I'm not looking forward to it. I don't like snow in the spring," Ashley Candido of Braintree told NBC station WHDH of Boston. "We need the sun. I'm ready for spring."
The snow falling up and down the East Coast will be heavy and wet and accompanied by heavy winds, meaning power could be knocked out and travel could be snarled, said Michael Palmer, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
Washington, D.C., would likely only get light wet snow with no accumulation, but accompanying heavy winds left meteorologists worried that the cherry blossoms, expected to begin peak bloom Wednesday, might be affected.