SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - With less than two weeks left before the official start of spring, Mother Nature is sending central New Jersey a chilling reminder that it’s still winter, with  an inch or two of snow expected to sweep through the region beginning late Thursday night into the Friday morning commute.

The crocuses and daffodils that have been popping up in gardens in South Plainfield and across New Jersey will be layered in snow just hours after basking in the sun Thursday.

Rain is expected to begin Thursday between around 11 p.m., changing over to snow before ending late Friday morning or early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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Heavier snow is expected in northern New Jersey, with forecasters predicting 3-6 inches. Lesser amounts are predicted in southern New Jersey.

Temperatures will plummet overnight, dropping to the low 30s after hitting the 60-degree mark Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 11 counties Thursday effective at 8 p.m. through noon Friday, including Somerset. Others are: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren.

Cold temperatures are expected to prevail through the weekend.