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April Fool's snow expected
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BOSTON (AP) — A no-joke April Fools' snowstorm swirled toward the Northeast on Thursday, a cruel prank on a region that was finally enjoying a reprieve from its long, white winter.The spring snowstorm was expected to hit late Thursday and last into 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. Up to 8 inches was possible in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.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.