The Latest: Storm has landscapers trading rakes for plows

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The Latest: Storm has landscapers trading rakes for plows
A heavy equipment operator with the Hazleton Department of Public Works uses a loader to move anti-skid material as the city along with other municipalities and the state gear up for another winter storm on Tuesday, March 20 ,2018 in Hazleton, Pa. (Ellen F. O'Connell/Hazelton Standard-Speaker via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on an early-spring storm hitting the Northeast (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Landscapers are swapping their rakes and leaf blowers for snow plows as yet another storm bears down on the Northeast, just in time for spring.

Snow has started falling in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

The bulk of the snow and sleet is expected to wallop New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and parts of eastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday before heading off to Nantucket early Thursday. The fourth nor’easter to slam the region in three weeks could dump more than a foot of snow in places.

Along the New Jersey coast, landscaping crews tended to shrubs and plants at oceanfront homes Tuesday morning, then packed up their garden tools as they shifted into plowing mode.

Pennsylvania is banning certain types of trucks from major highways due to the approaching storm.

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9:15 a.m.

The first days of spring in parts of the Northeast will look a lot like the last weeks of winter.

The National Weather Service says a powerful storm packing heavy, wet snow and strong winds could dump up to 18 inches (about a half-meter) of snow in some locations on Wednesday, the fourth nor’easter to smack the region in the last three weeks.

The bulk of the dangerous, wind-driven snow and sleet is expected to wallop New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and parts of eastern Pennsylvania before heading off to Nantucket early Thursday. A foot (0.3 meters) to 16 inches (0.4 meters) of snow is expected in New York City; Philadelphia could get slightly more. Coastal flood warnings are posted for shore communities.

Sleet and freezing rain are expected by Tuesday afternoon, the first day of spring. The mixed precipitation should turn to all snow by late Tuesday and continue through most of Wednesday.

Widespread power outages are possible, especially Wednesday, with gusts blowing up to 35 mph (56 kph).