ACCUWEATHER - Heavy snow that invaded the Northeast Monday grazed the Interstate 95 corridor from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, but eventually rain won out over the snow.
Cold air was stubborn to leave the Northeast's interior and northern New England, which allowed for significant snow to fall.
However, the same could not be said for the I-95 corridor from Boston southward.
While enough cold air was present for snow and sleet to accompany the complex storm as it first reached Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, milder air arrived and led to a changeover to rain at a quick pace compared to places farther inland.
Still, a slushy coating to an inch of snow reached across part of eastern Virginia and Maryland Monday morning and affected some of the suburbs around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. However, with temperatures a few degrees above freezing in most spots, most road surfaces were just wet. Few or no additional problems from snow and slush are forecast for the remainder of the Monday south of the Mason-Dixon line in the I-95 corridor.
Areas from Philadelphia to New York City had mostly wet roads during the storm. Slippery roads were most common in the northern and western suburbs.
Three to six inches of snow will fall in Boston into early Tuesday, which will likely make roads slippery for the morning commute Tuesday.
Even after the changeover to rain, it will not be smooth sailing for travelers. The rain will still create less-than-ideal conditions for motorists by reducing visibility, while low-hanging clouds and the rain at area airports can trigger flight delays.
The rain can come down hard enough to cause flash and urban flooding problems on Tuesday across southern New England.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski details the potential problems in "New England Flooding, Coastal Concerns." Sosnowski also mentions the potential for flooding in parts of the Ohio Valley and South from Kentucky and Tennessee to the Virginias.
Residents of Washington, D.C., should not be surprised that a snowstorm is bypassing the region with this winter's dismal snow total standing at only 1.7 inches at Reagan National Airport, the city's official weather reporting station.
If the winter season ended with this weekend, this winter and its 1.7 inches would rank third among Washington, D.C.'s least snowiest winters. The nation's capital typically records 15.2 inches of snow by St. Patrick's Day.
On the other hand, this winter's storm track has brought numerous rounds of snow to Boston. The winter's snow total currently stands at 55.9 inches, well above the 39.0 inches that typically falls by St. Patrick's Day and the 43.9 inches the city averages a winter.
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