NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Snow was falling in several parts of the Tri-State Area Tuesday night, but for most, chilling winds gusting up to 50 mph will make for the most unpleasant conditions.

The National Weather Service said a powerful low-pressure system developed off the Mid-Atlantic coast Tuesday night, bringing snow to a wide area.

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A winter weather advisory was set to expire in New Jersey until 2 a.m. Wednesday for Ocean, Cumberland, Atlantic Cape May and southeast Burlington counties.

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Light snow was falling in Midtown Manhattan late Tuesday night. More severe snow was falling in central and southern New Jersey.

Quinn forecast by noon Wednesday, snow in the five boroughs of New York City and most of the surrounding area will top out at a coating to 2 inches. But the southern Jersey Shore and the eastern end of Long Island could see between 2 and 4 inches – and even some spots could be more than 4 inches.

But while the Tri-State Area will not get the brunt of the worst snow, the wind will affect the area tremendously.

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind alert from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday for most of the area – with the exception of western New Jersey. Winds could gust up to 50 mph on Wednesday.

The Northeast has had below-normal temperatures this spring. And, with Easter less than a month away, many people are ready to say so long to snow and frigid temperatures.

The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert in advance of the storm.

The city is has readied its salt spreaders and attaching plows, prepared tire chains, and notified supplementary personnel. The department coordinated with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation for snow removal efforts.

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