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Blizzard watch issued for New York, Boston, storm, forecast to hit Northeast

FILE – Friday, 10 March 2017 file photo, a woman walks through a winter snow storm in Philadelphia.

(AP)

Forecasters said Sunday there is a blizzard watch for coastal regions, including New York City and Boston Monday night to Tuesday.

The National Weather Service officials said that there also is a winter storm watch is for a larger area that includes much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England.

The storm comes just a week after the region saw temperatures climb into the 60s. The cold and snow in some areas got on Friday is expected to be only a teaser.

“It is a noticeable difference. It is going to be a cold week,” said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.

The blizzard watch for the New York metro area includes New York City, along with the Long Island, off the coast of Connecticut and southern Westchester County.

Carlie Buccola, a weather service meteorologist based in Long Island, said a snowfall of 12 to 18 inches is predicted for the area, together with sustained winds of up to 30 km / h with gusts up to 50 mph. Visibility can be a quarter mile or less, Buccola said.

The lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey could also be of 12 to 18 inches of snow, Buccola said. The blizzard watch is not extended to those areas, because of the strong wind and poor visibility are not expected.

South Rhode Island and the coast of Massachusetts could get that snowstorm.

Washington is not officially under a winter storm watch, but Hurley said that the city would be able to get 4 to 8 inches of snow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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