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Storm brings snow, slush to the DC area

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The National Weather Service says up to 16 inches of snow have fallen in far western Maryland.

By 3:30 p.m. Monday, the weather service reported 16 inches in the Garrett County community of Red House, and 12 in nearby Oakland.

Nine inches of snow in Frostburg prompted Frostburg State University to cancel classes.

Snowfall was lighter further east. The weather service generally reported 3 to 5 inches in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Snowfall was ending Monday afternoon.


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ACCUWEATHER - A storm responsible for heavy snow from Denver to Kansas City on Saturday and from St. Louis to Indianapolis on Sunday will continue to affect the mid-Atlantic Monday with snow, slush and rain. Heavier snow will fall in part of the central Appalachians.

The heaviest snow will focus over part of South Jersey into Monday evening and could briefly swing into central and eastern Long Island for a time Monday night, following rain.

The storm will struggle with marginal temperatures along I-95, causing some of the snow to fall as rain or melt as it falls. However, enough slush and poor visibility will result in travel delays and foiled plans to start the week for many.

Part of the storm started on Sunday night, including in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Washington, D.C., when road surface temperatures were cold. The Pittsburgh area had accumulated as much as 3 inches before sunrise while some of the mountainous areas of West Virginia had already received 10 inches. As a result, many Monday morning commuters were navigating on some slippery secondary roadways. AccuWeather.com meteorologists are bringing you live reports of the Mid-Atlantic snowstorm to keep you informed.

From Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Trenton and New York City, precipitation falling for part of the day on Monday will fight the March sun effect. Even when concealed by clouds, enough energy gets through to warm road surfaces, causing some or all of the snow to melt.

It has to snow very hard in urban areas to overwhelm the sun effect and accumulate on paved and concrete surfaces in urban areas during the middle of the day. The greatest amount of snow will be on grassy and elevated surfaces from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, N.J. The snow will have more success accumulating northwest and southeast of this major urban highway.

The area of accumulating snow will defined by rather sharp edges across the north and south.

In Virginia, the southern dividing line between rain and snow extended from near Richmond to near Danville.

In the area from the West Virginia mountains to the Laurel Highlands in south-central Pennsylvania, 3 to 6 additional inches can fall, including parts of the I-68 and Pennsylvania Turnpike corridors.

The northern extent of a coating to an inch of snow will run along the New York/Pennsylvania border eastward to along the South Coast of New England.

As always, local effects, such as urban versus rural and valley versus mountains, can bring a little less or a little more snowfall respectively. During March, these effects are often exploited to the max.

The storm brought a swath of heavy snow along the I-70 corridor in the Midwest but weakened as it moved eastward into the Ohio Valley. However, a new storm is developing and taking over just off the coast of Delaware, New Jersey and Long Island.

The strengthening storm is re-energizing the snow band, leading to totals of 3 to 6 inches across southeastern New Jersey into Monday night.

The timing of the snow along the mid-Atlantic coast should coincide with when road surfaces are cooling Monday evening.

As the snowstorm impacts the mid-Atlantic, it should only graze the South Coast of New England. A chance from what has become so common this winter, New England is actually expected to escape the worst of the storm.


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