A big blast of winter weather is expected to blanket much of the Northeast in heavy snow just days before the official start of spring.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter weather advisory for Pittsburgh, with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected after 8 p.m. Monday. Areas outside of Pittsburgh, including the surrounding counties and parts of West Virginia, could see 4 to 8 inches. The advisory is expected to remain in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
Officials with the NWS said snow in March is not uncommon for Pittsburgh. On this day in 1993, Pittsburgh saw more than 23 inches of snow.
Advisories expanded. Ridge totals increased slightly. More inland track of system would mean more snow, more coastal less. Updates as needed pic.twitter.com/AbqfmvjSfG
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) March 13, 2017
A blizzard warning has also been issued for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut from Monday overnight through much of Tuesday, with wind gusts of up to 55 mph possible and low visibility.
New York City could get up to 18 inches of snow, with Boston seeing a similar amount and Philadelphia slated to get up to a foot. Up to 10 inches could fall in Washington, D.C.
The airline-tracking site FlightAware says more than 3,000 Tuesday flights are already canceled. Some school systems, including New York City, also aren't planning to open Tuesday.
Spring starts March 20.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.