Snow to slow travel from Ohio Valley to Northeast into Monday morning –

Despite it being the start of April, a quick-moving snowstorm will race eastward from the central U.S. to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

To the north of the storm’s track, a narrow swath of snow is expected. The band of accumulating snow may be no more than 100 miles wide, so a 50-mile shift in the storm track could mean the difference between several inches of snow, rain or dry weather.

Quick-hitting snow April 1

“This snow event will last 6 hours or less in any one community, but that will be enough time to whiten the ground with some areas also facing slick travel,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Most communities along the path of the storm will receive 1-3 inches, but there can be zones of 3-6 inches with localized higher amounts.

The highest amounts will be measured on grassy surfaces, but slick travel can also develop where the snow falls heavily and/or at night.


“While accumulating snow is typically hard to come by in the springtime as temperatures inch upwards, any snow falling overnight will have an easier time sticking to roads and sidewalks,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts.

“The snow will fall heavily, at rates of an inch or more per hour, along a narrow swath, and that is what could cause roads and sidewalks to turn slushy and slick for a time, even during the day,” Pydynowski said.

Light snowfall typically has a hard time sticking to roads and sidewalks from the midmorning to the afternoon.


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After leaving a swath of snow from Nebraska to central Illinois, the snow will continue to race eastward to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts Sunday night into Monday morning. Dry and chilly air will win out from Detroit to Albany, New York, to Portland, Maine.

The snow and cold in Kansas City, Missouri, led to the baseball game between the city’s Royals and Chicago White Sox on Sunday to be postponed.

Higher traffic volume is expected this Easter weekend, so those in the path of the storm should allot extra time to get to their destinations and be prepared for adverse, rapidly-changing weather conditions.

Large portions of interstates 70, 78, 80, 81 and 95 lie in the path of the storm.

NE snow map April 1 pm

“Monday morning commuters will have to use caution around New York City as heavy snow can turn roads slippery for a time,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said, “with slushy conditions possible even in Manhattan.”

Any snow in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., on Sunday night is expected to mix with rain and leave little, if any, accumulation.

Roads should be mostly wet in Center City Philadelphia but can turn slushy in the northern and western suburbs. However, anyone flying out of the city on Monday morning could encounter delays due to de-icing.

“Flights in and out of Indianapolis; Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Providence, Rhode Island, could face delays and cancellations through Monday morning,” Eherts said.

As the snow sweeps through southern New England on Monday morning, odds favor any heavier snow and slushy travel to occur from New Haven, Connecticut, to Providence, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod than along the I-90 corridor.

Roads are expected to be mostly wet around Boston.

Travel problems across the Northeast should clear up quickly Monday afternoon when strong April sunshine returns and temperatures climb back into the 40s and 50s.

Baseball fans should have no weather-related problems getting to the Yankees’ home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon.

“Where temperatures dip below freezing north of I-80, any wet or slushy areas can turn icy on untreated surfaces on Monday night,” Pydynowski added.

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