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A new cold plunge is being accompanied by accumulating snow across portions of the Northeastern states on Saturday.
In some cases, the cold air will rival that of nights early in the week, including parts of the interior South. The cold will threaten blossoming fruit and ornamental trees.
A storm system will continue to spread pockets of accumulating snow across Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western Maryland to end Saturday. Additional snow will generally amount to a coating to an inch, but there will be locally higher amounts in the mountains of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.
Snow will even mix in for a time along the I-95 corridor from New York City to Philadelphia into Saturday evening. There will be a slushy coating to an inch around Philadelphia with little, if any accumulation in New York City.
Heavier snow, however, has developed across southern New Jersey and will leave a couple of inches. This includes in Atlantic City.
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Most of the snow will pass Boston to the south. Snow even lightly whitened Washington, D.C., on Saturday morning.
Snow fell in a zone from northeastern Minnesota to Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania from Friday into early Saturday morning. Some locations within this area received over 5 inches of snow.
Winter wonderland scenes will be created, but motorists will once again be clearing off cars and facing slick conditions in some areas.
“Even though it’s April, some roads will get snow covered and slippery on Saturday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak said.
Such road conditions will evolve where the snow is falling heavily and can overcome the strong April sun. Motorists traveling on the highway should be on the lookout for rapidly changing visibility and road surface conditions.
Spring is a time of the year when a wide variety of weather can occur within the span of a few hours.
"As soon as heavy snow lightens up during the day, road conditions can start to improve," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "Light-to-moderate snow will struggle to stick to paved surfaces during the daylight hours this time of year, even with temperatures a few degrees below freezing."
"However, snow-covered roads and sidewalks in shaded areas can stay slick longer than exposed areas where temperatures are subfreezing," Pydynowski said.
Snow amounts will also vary with elevation. Locations in the mountains or hills will receive more snow than the neighboring lower elevations.
It can even snow when temperatures are well above freezing during spring. Even though temperatures near the ground may be relatively high, the air aloft is often very cold in the spring. The cold air aloft increases the chance of snow or an icy mix surviving the trip thousands of feet to the ground.
As the snow departs the Northeast on Saturday evening and temperatures plummet, any lingering wet or slushy areas on untreated roads and sidewalks will turn slippery. Bridges and overpasses would be the first to become slick.
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Content contributed by AccuWeather Meteorologists Becky Elliott and Brett Rathbun.
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