4th nor'easter in 3 weeks slams East Coast

The fourth nor’easter in three weeks pushed its way up the winter-weary East Coast on Wednesday, the first full day of spring, packing high winds and the potential for a foot or more of snow from West Virginia to New England.

Airlines canceled thousands of flights, and school districts throughout the Northeast canceled classes ahead of the storm, which was expected to intensify Wednesday afternoon, with heavy, wet snow a threat to knock out power around the region. Shore towns were warned of the possibility of coastal flooding. (AP)

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<p>Pedestrians cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Pedestrians cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A man throws a snowball in a park Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Baltimore. A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A man throws a snowball in a park Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Baltimore. A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

<p>“The Last Three” rhino sculpture is covered in snowfall in Astor Place, New York City on March 21, 2018. The incredible 17-foot-tall interactive artwork is being created to raise critical awareness about rhino conservation. (Photo: Gordon Donovan) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

“The Last Three” rhino sculpture is covered in snowfall in Astor Place, New York City on March 21, 2018. The incredible 17-foot-tall interactive artwork is being created to raise critical awareness about rhino conservation. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

<p>A traffic sign gives fair warning just off the Brooklyn Bridge entering Manhattan as a winter storm moved into the area on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A traffic sign gives fair warning just off the Brooklyn Bridge entering Manhattan as a winter storm moved into the area on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A Brooklyn tower of the Manhattan Bridge is seen from the cobblestone streets of the DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York as a spring storm hit the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A Brooklyn tower of the Manhattan Bridge is seen from the cobblestone streets of the DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York as a spring storm hit the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A man walks his daughter to school in New York City as a winter storm moved into the area on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A man walks his daughter to school in New York City as a winter storm moved into the area on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Families sled down a hill on the House side of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, during a spring snowstorm. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Families sled down a hill on the House side of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, during a spring snowstorm. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>A maintenance worker clears the sideways outside a mall in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York as a spring storm hit the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A maintenance worker clears the sideways outside a mall in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York as a spring storm hit the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>An information screen shows canceled flights at the Air Train to JFK airport Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Queens borough of New York. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

An information screen shows canceled flights at the Air Train to JFK airport Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Queens borough of New York. (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP)

<p>A view of the Manhattan Bridge from the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York as a spring storm hit the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A view of the Manhattan Bridge from the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York as a spring storm hit the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Julio Carrera-Veliz uses a blower to clear walkways of snow in Chester, N.J., Wednesday, March 21, 2018. A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Julio Carrera-Veliz uses a blower to clear walkways of snow in Chester, N.J., Wednesday, March 21, 2018. A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

<p>A closeup of “The Last Three” rhino sculpture in Astor Place, New York City on March 21, 2018. The incredible 17-foot-tall interactive artwork is being created to raise critical awareness about rhino conservation. (Photo: Gordon Donovan) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A closeup of “The Last Three” rhino sculpture in Astor Place, New York City on March 21, 2018. The incredible 17-foot-tall interactive artwork is being created to raise critical awareness about rhino conservation. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)

<p>A pedestrian carrying an umbrella waits to cross Broadway in lower Manhattan in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Fourth nor’easter slams the East Coast

A pedestrian carrying an umbrella waits to cross Broadway in lower Manhattan in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A maintenance worker clears the sideway with a snow plow in lower Manhattan in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A maintenance worker clears the sideway with a snow plow in lower Manhattan in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A woman walks the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York as the snow gets heavier as a spring storm moved through the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A woman walks the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York as the snow gets heavier as a spring storm moved through the area on March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>Snow sticks to a statue of a man sitting on a park bench as a worker shovels a light snowfall Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Baltimore. A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Snow sticks to a statue of a man sitting on a park bench as a worker shovels a light snowfall Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Baltimore. A spring nor’easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

<p>One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A person in a Minnie Mouse mask poses Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A person in a Minnie Mouse mask poses Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A rare sight here in the Big Apple, the Brooklyn Bridge is empty as a spring storm hit the Northeast with strong winds on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A rare sight here in the Big Apple, the Brooklyn Bridge is empty as a spring storm hit the Northeast with strong winds on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A man begs for money in the snow along 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A man begs for money in the snow along 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Pedestrians walk through the park at City Hall in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Pedestrians walk through the park at City Hall in New York City as a spring storm hit the Northeast with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

<p>A LimeBike rental bicycle is ready for use during a snow storm in Washington, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A LimeBike rental bicycle is ready for use during a snow storm in Washington, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Tourists visit the Korean War Memorial during a snow storm in Washington, DC, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Tourists visit the Korean War Memorial during a snow storm in Washington, DC, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Tourists visit the US Capitol during a snow storm in Washington, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Saul LoebA/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Tourists visit the US Capitol during a snow storm in Washington, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Saul LoebA/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A pedestrian races across the snow covered and tire streaked street in Washington during a spring storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: J. David Ake/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A pedestrian races across the snow covered and tire streaked street in Washington during a spring storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo: J. David Ake/AP)

<p>A restaurant employee uses a large bag for protection while shoveling snow off the parking lot during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A restaurant employee uses a large bag for protection while shoveling snow off the parking lot during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

<p>A woman uses an umbrella while shielding herself from a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Hoboken, N.J. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A woman uses an umbrella while shielding herself from a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Hoboken, N.J. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

<p>Workers clean steps at Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Workers clean steps at Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018, as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Snow coats a magnolia blossom near the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a snow storm on the second day of spring. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Snow coats a magnolia blossom near the tidal basin, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Washington, during a snow storm on the second day of spring. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>A woman walks through a winter storm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Philadelphia. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

A woman walks through a winter storm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Philadelphia. (Photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

<p>Mark Tenney helps in the cleanup of his neighbor Bob Walters’ house, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Ardmore, Ala., after a violent storm went swept through the area the night before. (Photo: Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Mark Tenney helps in the cleanup of his neighbor Bob Walters’ house, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Ardmore, Ala., after a violent storm went swept through the area the night before. (Photo: Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

<p>Ivy Thigpen helps sort out kitchenware in Mike and Phillis Schell’s destroyed house Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Ardmore, Ala., after a violent storm went swept through the area the night before. (Photo: Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Ivy Thigpen helps sort out kitchenware in Mike and Phillis Schell’s destroyed house Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Ardmore, Ala., after a violent storm went swept through the area the night before. (Photo: Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

<p>Phillip Moore helps cleanup a house that was destroyed Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Ardmore, Ala., after a violent storm went swept through the area the night before. (Photo: Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP) </p>
Nor’easter slams East Coast

Phillip Moore helps cleanup a house that was destroyed Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Ardmore, Ala., after a violent storm went swept through the area the night before. (Photo: Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

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