Photos: Snow blankets northeastern US in wake of springlike warmth

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
February 18, 2018, 7:45:27 AM EST

A quick-moving storm blanketed the northeastern United States with disruptive snow during the first half of the weekend, just days after the region experienced a brief taste of spring.

The snow fell at a fast enough pace to overcome the warm ground, turning roadways from wet to slushy and snow covered in a hurry. Numerous accidents were reported as a result of the slippery conditions.

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Snow caked roads, sidewalks and bikes in New York City early Saturday night. (Twitter photo/@nishimurahiroko)

Several road closures occurred on major highways in Pennsylvania amid the snow on Saturday, including Interstate-78 westbound just west of Allentown, I-81 in both directions near Tremont and I-99 southbound near Altoona.

The closure on I-99 was a result of a crash late on Saturday afternoon and has led to at least one fatality, according to WJAC.

Speed limit restrictions were implemented on some highways across the region due to the wintry conditions.

Snowfall totals reached or exceeded 6 inches along a narrow swath from southern and eastern Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley of New York and much of southeastern New England away from the coast.

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The snowy scenes were a stark contrast to temperatures that soared into the 50s, 60s and 70s F across the mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England this past Thursday.

Those eager to take advantage of the fresh powder by hitting the ski slopes or taking part in other winter activities will have to do so quickly as a new round of warmth surging northward will rapidly erase the fresh powder.

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A snowy scene in Rockaway, New Jersey. (Twitter photo/@sudbri)

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A man crosses the street at 13th Street in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington as snow begins to fall, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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