A person salts the sidewalk in downtown Newark, N.J., on Wednesday. Forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow inland from western New York to Maine starting late Wednesday into Thursday, then tapering off into a mix of rain and snow closer to the coast. (Associated Press)

A person salts the sidewalk in downtown Newark, N.J., on Wednesday. Forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow inland from western New York to Maine starting late Wednesday into Thursday, then tapering off into a mix of rain and snow closer to the coast. (Associated Press)