Rounds of snow into weekend may signal last gasp of winter in mid-Atlantic

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
March 05, 2016, 9:06:32 PM EST

Cold air will linger into this weekend will contribute to rounds of snow and slippery conditions along the Interstate 81 and 95 corridors in the mid-Atlantic.

As the first storm departs on Friday, the track and strength of the second system will determine which areas pick up an accumulation on non-paved surfaces this weekend, as well as which locations experience slippery travel.

Snow to persist into Friday along the mid-Atlantic and the southern and eastern New England coastlines

The first system is taking a path much farther south, when compared to the storm this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The first storm has produced snow over much of the mid-Atlantic.

For most areas, snowfall has been a coating to an inch or two. Portions of eastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey have received from 3 to 6 inches.

Motorists from Pittsburgh to Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Dover, Delaware; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Philadelphia and parts of the New York City and Boston areas should be prepared for a slippery and slushy commute.

Accumulating snow will end from southwest to northeast in the coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic during Friday midday.


Snow will into the afternoon in extreme southeastern New England, with 1-3 inches of snow expected on Cape Cod, mainly on non-paved surfaces.

Higher amounts are likely on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, closer to the storm. In these areas, up to 4 or even 6 inches of snow is expected.

As the storm strengthens, winds will pick up along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts.

"It does not look like a widespread nor'easter that would bring heavy snow to many areas," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

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A slippery and slushy drive is possible along portions of Interstate 80, I-81, I-95, I-64, I-66, I-68, I-70, I-76 and I-83 to name a few.

Even though the air will be significantly colder than the storm earlier in the week, marginal temperatures will still cause some of the snow to melt and to be mixed with rain.

During March, when temperatures are in the 30s F, snow must fall at a heavy rate to accumulate on paved surfaces that are treated during the midday and afternoon hours.

Depending on the rate of snowfall, roads will tend to be mainly wet during the late morning and afternoon hours on Friday.

Snow showers to fly over the mid-Atlantic from Saturday to Sunday

As the first storm affects part of the Atlantic Coast on Friday, another storm will drop southeastward across the Midwest.

"Unlike the past couple of weekends, the cold air will stick around during most of this weekend," Abrams said.

The second of the two storms is likely to spread snow showers over a broad area of the mid-Atlantic.

The spotty snow will break out over the central Appalachians during Saturday afternoon and evening and spread toward the coast later at night into Sunday morning.

Since some of the snow will once again fall during the nighttime and early morning hours, some roads could be slippery for a time. A coating to an inch or two can fall in some areas, mainly on grassy surfaces.

Beyond this weekend, much warmer conditions will move in next week. The pattern change could signal an end to wintry weather for many locations.

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