U.S. East Coast hit with snow, frigid temperatures just before spring
An early morning commuter walks through snow covered Franklin Park in Washington, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP / J. David Ake)
Pam Ramsey, The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 17, 2014 9:08AM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winter-weary motorists faced another treacherous commute Monday in parts of the U.S. East Coast as snow and frigid weather blew in just days before the start of spring.
At least a few inches of snow were reported in the Washington area and parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey by early Monday.
In Washington, crews worked overnight to clear snow, but transportation officials warned that roads were still dangerous. Heavy snow closed Reagan National Airport's runways. Dulles International Airport and BWI were seeing many cancellations, but were open.
Forecasters urged drivers not to let their guards down and federal offices in the Washington area were closed for the day Monday.
In New Jersey, the heaviest snow was reported in the southern part of the state, where many schools were closed or delayed opening.
Winter's return follows several days of spring-like temperatures. With spring officially starting Thursday, people weary of shovelling snow are hoping that the latest storm will be winter's final encore.
Temperatures in many areas are expected to be in tune with spring by Thursday. But forecasters cannot say whether winter weather will finally end. Forecasters said snowstorms are typical through March.