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People jog on a footbridge to the Esplanade in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A winter storm warning covering Boston and Hartford, Conn., was in effect through 7 p.m. as the National Weather Service said to expect 4 to 8 inches of wet snow to fall by the time the storm moves out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Irv Rosenberg, of Boston, uses cross country skis on the Esplanade in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A winter storm warning covering Boston and Hartford, Connecticut was in effect through 7 p.m. as the National Weather Service said to expect 4 to 8 inches of wet snow to fall by the time the storm moves out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Snow falls on Boston Harbor in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A winter storm warning covering Boston and Hartford, Connecticut was in effect through 7 p.m. as the National Weather Service said to expect 4 to 8 inches of wet snow to fall by the time the storm moves out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A jogger crosses a footbridge to the Esplanade in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A winter storm warning covering Boston and Hartford, Connecticut was in effect through 7 p.m. as the National Weather Service said to expect 4 to 8 inches of wet snow to fall by the time the storm moves out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Irv Rosenberg, of Boston, uses cross country skis on the Esplanade in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A winter storm warning covering Boston and Hartford, Connecticut was in effect through 7 p.m. as the National Weather Service said to expect 4 to 8 inches of wet snow to fall by the time the storm moves out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A woman jogs with a dog on the Esplanade in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A winter storm warning covering Boston and Hartford, Connecticut was in effect through 7 p.m. as the National Weather Service said to expect 4 to 8 inches of wet snow to fall by the time the storm moves out. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A man jogs in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Wet and slushy conditions are viewed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Pedestrians and traffic on Rhode Island avenue, northeast, as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: A sculpted face collects snow and water along the Metropolitan Branch trail in northeast as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: A pedestrian walks along Rhode Island avenue in northeast as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: A pedestrian walks a bridge over the railroad tracks near Rhode Island metro station in northeast as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Wet and slushy conditions are viewed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Ducks and geese are viewed at a lake in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People participate in a race in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A woman walks dogs in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SILVER SPRING, MD - JANUARY 21: A pedestrian walks a wooded path between Fenton street and train tracks as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Silver Spring, MD. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SILVER SPRING, MD - JANUARY 21: Snow swirls down upon Georgia avenue in Silver Spring as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Silver Spring, MD. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: A pedestrian walks along the Metropolitan Branch trail as it crosses over Rhode Island avenue as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SILVER SPRING, MD - JANUARY 21: A pedestrian walks along Georgia avenue in Silver Spring as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Silver Spring, MD. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: People wait on the Rhode Island Metro station platform for the next train as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A man jogs in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A man takes a picture of ducks and geese at a lake in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Ducks and geese are viewed at a lake in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: A rider waits on the Rhode Island Metro station platform for the next train as a winter storm begins on January, 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Wet and slushy conditions are viewed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Wet and slushy conditions are viewed in Brooklyn's Prospect Park following an evening storm on January 24, 2015 in New York City. The Nor'easter brought snow and freezing rain to much of the Northeast, creating hazardous travel conditions in many areas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A plow clears snow from a cycling and jogging path in Allegheny County's North Park brave a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just north of Pittsburgh, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Men walking in Allegheny County's North Park brave a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just north of Pittsburgh, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A couple walk their dog in Allegheny County's North Park during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just north of Pittsburgh, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A couple men make their way around the jogging and cycling trail in Allegheny County's North Park during a snow storm on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just north of Pittsburgh, in McCandless, Pa. A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of Pennsylvania as forecasters expect an Alberta clipper system to bring 1-4 inches of snow, low visibility and freezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
During a winter storm tourists imitate the character Rocky Balboa from the 1976 movie "Rocky," on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Brad Buckalew wears his shorts as he toils to clear snow that fell from a winter storm as it swept over communities along Colorado's Front Range early Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Denver. Forecasters predict up to four inches of snow will fall in the region before the storm moves out to the eastern plains and gives way to warmer weather later in the week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Residents of several major Northeast cities are experiencing a fast-moving coastal storm that is bringing a mix of sleet, rain and snow to areas along the busy Interstate 95 corridor this weekend.

The snow that began falling in southeastern Pennsylvania and West Virginia late Friday had become rain and sleet in some areas by early Saturday, and the National Weather Service said Washington, D.C., Delaware and most of Maryland had rain. But conditions in some locations were expected to worsen as the day progressed.

Southern New England could get walloped with the largest amount of snowfall, but temperatures hovering near freezing could make for slippery driving conditions across the region, forecasters warned.

"It's kind of the first one, so it's a good thing it's happening this weekend," weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson in Taunton, Massachusetts, said Friday of the storm. "If this happened during a weekday, it could be really slow and messy."

A winter storm warning was issued Friday for a large portion of central Pennsylvania ahead of the storm. Forecasters said a wide area between Gettysburg and Johnstown, stretching from West Virginia through Maryland to just south of State College and Williamsport, could get 5 to 8 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon.

The Maryland State Highway Administration warned motorists that travel may become hazardous. The agency said it would have salt, snowplows and chain saws at the ready in case of fallen trees.

As the storm moves northeast along the Eastern Seaboard, it is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of snow and ice in Philadelphia on Saturday before turning over to rain. It is forecast to bring 3 to 4 inches of snow to New York City and 4 to 6 inches to Boston, with higher amounts in central Massachusetts, before moving out to sea by early Sunday.

In New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it would be deploying super-powered snow throwers and retired subway cars modified with de-icing equipment to keep bus routes and subway rails clear. MTA workers also were set to spread salt and clear railroad platforms and stairs of snow, the agency said.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a statement urging residents to help the city's vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly and homeless.

"We ask that each and every single Boston resident look after their neighbor, be it someone you see outdoors or someone living next door," he said.

Connecticut has plenty of salt and snow-treatment chemicals stockpiled around the state and a fleet of 632 plow trucks ready to go, Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick said. He said crews have been pre-treating some highways and bridges, but there already is some salt leftover from recent, smaller storms.

"We don't need to go full tilt," he said.

Meteorologist Peter Wichrowski in Upton, New York, said snow likely would start to fall in New York City in the early morning hours of Saturday, with a mix of rain and maybe a little sleet along the coastal areas. He said snowfall totals were expected to be around 1 to 2 inches across eastern Long Island.

Baltimore and Washington were expected to get only rain as temperatures hover just above freezing. Forecasters expect snow will be heaviest in western Maryland and to the north on Saturday. The Maryland Transit Administration says it is working to keep buses, trains and cars moving this weekend during the winter weather

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Associated Press writers Albert Stumm in Philadelphia and Deepti Hajela in New York contributed to this report.

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