After first significant snowfall, another storm forecasted for Monday

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Fast-moving winter storm targets coastal Mass..

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice coated New Jersey and created some treacherous travel conditions on Saturday, and residents were bracing for another storm that could drop more snow on the state.BOSTON — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week.Brenda Snyder, of Shamokin, Pa., walks her dog, Cliff, around two snowmen on a park plot along Market Street in Shamokin on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.(Photo: Larry Deklinski, The News Item, AP) A fast-moving winter storm bringing a mix of sleet, rain and snow was aiming its hardest punch at coastal Massachusetts before moving quickly out to sea late Saturday.

Most residents saw snow when the precipitation started late Friday night, but it had changed over to freezing rain or rain in most areas by early Saturday morning. Several local forecasts show snowfall totals of several inches, while one model — the European model forecast — shows the possibility of more than a foot of snowfall from Sunday night through Tuesday. For Saturday’s storm, the National Weather Service said the heaviest snowfall — from 6 to 10 inches — and ice accumulations were expected along coastal New England. Rain and sleet mixed in with the snow in areas that saw above-freezing temperatures nearer to the coast, keeping totals down in those areas before the storm began to taper off. “It’s not really bad out there, as long as you don’t drive like a maniac,” Vernon Forrest of Manchester, New Jersey, said while getting some coffee and a sandwich at a convenience store in Toms River. “The road crews did an excellent job and we got more rain and sleet here than snow, so it’s mostly just wet roads. New York City was preparing for up to 4 inches of snow by midday, with the city’s transit authority prepared to deploy super-powered snow throwers and retired subway cars modified with de-icing equipment to keep the buses and subways running.

Gaines said there’s still plenty of uncertainty in the forecast models as much of it depends on a clipper system coming out of the lower Ohio valley area. Even as the storm was heading rapidly toward the sea, the second round of wintry precipitation from an Alberta Clipper was already on target for a Saturday evening arrival in the Upper Midwest, according to the weather service. The second system is expected to race from the northern tier of the country to the Mid-Atlantic through Monday, dumping snow through the Ohio Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic states.

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