UPDATED 03/20/15 12:46 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Commuters across the Tri-State area may face a rough ride Friday from a late season snowstorm as winter turns to spring.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday for New York City, northeast New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley, southern Connecticut and Long Island.

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CBS2 Chief Meteorologist and Weather Producer Giorgio Panetta expects a swath of 2 to 5 inches’ accumulation to fall west to east from north Central New Jersey across Long Island.

Forecasters say the snow is expected to start falling during Friday morning’s commute and will wrap up during the evening. Slippery driving conditions are expected throughout the day.

The biggest totals will be seen in higher elevators in western New Jersey.

CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock says the storm will move in from 10 a.m. to noon, but the brunt of the storm will come between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The snow will mix with rain to the south between and 8 and 10 p.m., and the storm will go out to sea at last after 10 p.m.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert starting at 9 a.m. Friday, meaning crews, salt spreaders and plows will be ready to remove any snow that falls in the city.

Spring, meanwhile, officially begins at 6:46 p.m. Friday. CBS2’s Murdock says the snow could be nearing its worst around that time.

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