New England braces for late winter storm

Heavy snow has shut down Interstate 94, near Alexandria, Minnesota and the storm is heading east, Mar. 18, 2013. CBS News

BOSTON A day before spring officially arrives, winter is giving New England a final, sloppy blow.

Forecasters predict snow in Massachusetts and Vermont as this Minnesota storm moves east, late Monday, Mar. 18, 2013.
CBS News

Forecasters are predicting snow around the region late Monday through Tuesday.

Up to 9 to 17 inches are predicted in north central Massachusetts and into northern Vermont.

Lesser amounts are predicted along the coasts. Five to 11 inches are forecast in Portland, Maine, and 3 to 7 in Boston. A snow and sleet mix of 2 to 4 inches is predicted in Providence, R.I.

The snow is hitting about 10 days after a storm predicted to drop just a couple inches dumped over a foot in some areas and caused serious coastal flooding in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts officials already are anticipating school closings Tuesday and have postponed a scheduled statewide standardized test.

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