Yet another winter storm trucked along the East Coast on Monday, arriving like a rude and all too frequent house guest to dump snow across a region fed up with the white stuff.
The latest snowstorm, sweeping up from the southeastern states to the Northeast, is expected to drop between six inches and a foot of snow throughout much of the mid-Atlantic by Monday evening, once again frosting the region into a now familiar scene of traffic jams and darkened businesses – just over two weeks before the official start of spring, no less.
Washington and Maryland were both under winter storm warnings until 6 p.m. Monday, with around four to eight inches of projected snowfall before then. Federal and state government offices in the area were closed for the day, as were schools in Washington, Baltimore, and other local communities, according to the Associated Press. The US Supreme Court, though, remained open, AP reported.
Parts of Virginia and West Virginia, both under winter storm warnings until late Monday evening, were expected to get between six and 10 inches of snow. Some areas of New Jersey and Delaware were expected to get around six inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Travel plans were disrupted across the region Monday, especially in the D.C. area. About 2,500 flights were cancelled in the US as of about noon, and another some 2,100 flights were delayed, according to FlightAware. At Reagan National Airport, in Washington, about two-thirds of flights were cancelled.
Even as snowfall was expected to taper off across the region in the late afternoon, bitter temperatures were projected to hang around and make sure the point was made: winter isn’t out the door yet.
Along the East Coast Monday, temperatures were “unseasonably cold” at between 20 to 40 degrees below average and were “more typical” of January lows, according to the National Weather Service.
In Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency as ice threatened to cake roads, temperatures nose-dived into the low 20s on Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. In D.C., it was even colder, ticking in at just the mid-teens as of around 1 p.m. and expected to fall into the single digits overnight and into Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.
The winter-battered Northeast is expected to escape the snow deluge this time. But that’s in part because the region – where “polar vortex” has been the macabre buzzword of the season – is expected to get too cold for major snowfall, according to Boston.com. In Boston, temperatures are not projected to rise out of the 20s until Thursday, according to Boston.com.