The official start of spring is just a day away.
But, along parts of the Upper Midwest and Canada, winter plans to stretch its last hurrah until the waning minutes.
Fourteen inches of snow are forecast for the mountains of New England on Tuesday, prompting school closures from Massachusetts to Maine.
With all the snow this winter, the school system has already burned through the five snow days built into the schedule and will have to make up two more at the end of the year.
In Boston, the forecast was much more reasonable, but still troublesome with 3 to 6 inches of snow and sleet forecast before rain begins to fall Tuesday night.
Boston's mayor called on city commuters to use public transportation when possible to leave the roads clear for public works crews to do their job.
The story will be much the same in Worchester, about 40 miles to the west, where the city is on pace to have the fifth snowiest season on record, CNN affiliate WHDH-TV reported. All it needs is just another 4 inches of snow on Tuesday.
"It's kind of becoming old hat because it seems every week we're getting clobbered," resident Bonnie Narcisi told the station.
Air traffic snarled
On Monday, low visibility caused delays of more than an hour at Newark International, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in the New York area.