Spring snow and cold weather hit Northeast

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Posted: Mar 23, 2011 1:11 PM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Significant snowfall fell across parts of Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey on Wednesday, while snow, rain and uncharacteristically cold temperatures were forecast across the winter-weary Northeast.

Between four and eight inches of snow blanketed the border of Pennsylvania and New York on Wednesday morning, and another three to five inches was possible, said Tom Kines, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.

Similar snowfall hit higher terrain in northwest New Jersey, while it was mostly rain in Philadelphia and New York City, meteorologists said.

Although the calendar reads spring, the wintry weather mix was expected to bring two to four inches of snow to parts of southern New England overnight, Kines said.

Boston will be on the northern fringes of the snowfall and may see an inch of snow, he said.

"If you're looking for a taste of spring in the Great Lakes and Northeast over the next seven to 10 days, I don't think you're going to get it," said Kines. "We're in a chilly weather pattern."

Cooler-than-normal temperatures are expected through the weekend in the region, and scattered snow showers are a possibility through early next week, forecasters said.

(Reporting by Lauren Keiper, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)