BOSTON -- A no-joke April Fools' snowstorm descended upon the Northeast early Friday, a cruel prank on a region that was finally enjoying a reprieve from its long, white winter.
The spring snowstorm was expected to last through Friday morning -- April Fools' Day -- dropping up to a foot of snow in some areas including northwest New Jersey, eastern New York and around New England.
The timing could make for a messy Friday morning commute.
Storm warnings were up around the region, and parts of New Jersey and New York's Hudson Valley and Catskills could see 5 to 12 inches. Snow started falling after 1 a.m. north of New York City in Orange County, where 1 to 3 inches was forecast. Up to 8 inches was possible in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, where snow began falling early Friday, the National Weather Service said.
High-altitude areas of central Vermont could get up to a foot of snow.
Coastal parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut were expected to get mostly rain, or wet snow that won't accumulate.
The National Weather Service said New York City commuters could encounter an inch of a slushy mix. Gale warnings were in effect for eastern Long Island.
The storm caps a particularly brutal winter for the region, with many cities setting record or near-record snowfalls.
But it's not all bad news, at least not for some skiers in western Pennsylvania.
Anna Weltz, a spokeswoman for Seven Springs Mountain Resort, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the resort will reopen for Saturday only to cash in on the new snow. The resort 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh had already closed for the season.