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Spring Snow Storm Strafes New England, Forces School Closures

A Spring storm was forecast to dump up to one foot of snow on parts of New England Monday morning, but New York City will escape with less.

So much for the big spring snowstorm.

The Nor'easter that was supposed to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of New England and make a mess of the morning commute into Manhattan failed to deliver a knockout punch Monday.

Gotham got only a trace of snow and Boston got a couple inches. The worst hit areas were the Boston suburbs and eastern Connecticut, both of which were blanketed by 3 to 6 inches of snow — instead of the foot that had been forecast.

"It was a storm, but it did not produce the really heavy amounts of snowfall," meteorologist Nelson Vaz of the National Weather Service told NBC News. "It's pushing off right now and there's no more snow in the immediate future."

By midweek, temperatures in the Northeast should be back up in the 50s and stay there through Easter, Vaz said.

"Generally, the eastern half of the United States, especially south of the New York area, will be mild most the week," Vaz said. "We're not looking at anything dramatic."

Expecting the worst, many Boston area schools closed early Monday, NBC station WHDH reported, and over 70 flights were canceled at the city's Logan Airport.

But the snowfall fell short of the 8 inches that was forecast for Boston, Providence, Cape Cod and lower Maine.

New York City residents were told to brace for 1 to 3 inches, with about double that on Long Island. By Monday morning, there was just half-an-inch at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in Queens, and just 2 to 4 inches out on Eastern Long Island.