Snow covers vehicles as a winter storm passed through the region on Monday March 17, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.
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March 25, 2014 7:54 AM EDT

A powerful, albeit seasonally confused, winter storm is expected to bring January weather from the Midwest to the East midweek.

The storm will work its way up the coast Tuesday, resulting in rain in Florida and the Southeast, and then snow from the Great Lakes to the Northeast. Light to moderate snow of approximately one to three inches is expected in areas from New York City down to Virginia, West Virginia, and the North Carolina mountains Tuesday afternoon and evening, ending Wednesday morning.

The bad weather will intensify with heavy snow and potential blizzard conditions as it moves through New England Tuesday night and Wednesday. The heavy snow, which could reach upwards of 6 inches, is expected to hit eastern Maine by Thursday morning.

Temperatures will average approximately 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal in impacted areas.

The West will be moderately impacted, as well. California, Oregon and Washington can expect heavy coastal rain and some snow in the mountains.

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