First day of spring to bring snow to New York City area

Lights atop New York's Empire State Building, center, are dimmed on Saturday evening, March 19, 2016, as cities around the world marked the annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.

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NEW YORK -- Forecasters are predicting less snow around the Tri-State area from a storm on the first day of spring Sunday, but some spots could still see a few inches.

On Long Island, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Nassau and western Suffolk counties and a winter storm watch for eastern Suffolk from noon Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, reports CBS New York.

Philadelphia is also expected to get a dusting of snow on Sunday evening, reports CBS Philly.

Forecasters in northern New England say as much as 2 inches of snow could fall along the coast and less inland as the storm moves out to sea.

The forecast calls for a mix of light rain and snow developing early Sunday afternoon before changing to snow later in day. It will continue through Sunday night before tapering off Monday.

A trace to 2 inches of snow is expected for much of the area, with higher amounts possible on Long Island and southern Connecticut.

The highest totals are predicted for far eastern Long Island, where 4 to 6 inches of snow is possible.

As a precaution, the New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a snow preparedness alert ahead of the storm. The alert is effective as of 10 a.m. Sunday, according to officials.

But for what it's worth, the snow probably won't stick around for long. The forecast is calling for temperatures to be in the 40s Monday and Tuesday before climbing above normal later in the week.