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1st day of spring gets cold, hard slap in East, gentle temps in West
1st day of spring gets cold, hard slap in East, gentle temps in West

Friday may mark the vernal equinox, but the first day of spring is feeling more like a mean slap from winter with snow, rain and the chills coursing through a large swath of the nation. Half a foot of snow is expected to fall in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Texas is being drenched with rain. And in decidedly non-spring-like weather, much of Nebraska and South Dakota are on fire watch because of dry, warm and windy conditions. Western states, however, are being treated to gentler weather. A “little bit of a snowstorm” was well under way in central Pennsylvania late Friday morning, said meteorologist John LaCort of the National Weather Service. The region will receive...

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