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Mild air, showers to create mess of melting snow and slush in blizzard-buried northeastern US

Spotty showers will spread across the northeastern United States, where many are still struggling to fully dig out and recover from the Blizzard of 2016.

Accompanying the wet weather will be a brief rebound to near- or slightly above-normal temperatures, which could help to melt some of the snow.

Rain moving across the area could also help eat away at the edges of snow mounds.

The rain is forecast to move from the Ohio Valley to the interior Northeast throughout Tuesday, with the heaviest rain remaining confined to the Southeast.

As this moisture falls on surfaces at or below freezing, there is the potential for slick spots to form on any untreated roadways and sidewalks.

"As a front pushes into the Northeast, rain and drizzle produced by the system may freeze on some surfaces, especially but not limited to the central Appalachians on Tuesday morning," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Major cites along the I-95 corridor will likely stay dry until later in the afternoon. This will allow temperatures to climb well above freezing, minimizing the risk for icy spots.

The rain will be more of a nuisance than a major disruption across the areas hardest hit by feet of snow this past weekend. Still, it could delay some of the ongoing snow removal efforts.

In the front's wake, temperatures will drop slightly to end the week.

"The cycle of partial melting of the snow and freezing of wet spots at night will continue," Pydynowski warned.

As the Great Lakes remain only partially frozen, the cold air moving over the warmer water will allow lake-effect snow showers to form downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Flurries could even reach a portion of the central Appalachians, especially early on Wednesday.

The lake effect will quickly be shut down later in the day, however, as high pressure moves into the area.

Light snow could return to much of the region late on Thursday into Friday as an Alberta Clipper system skirts across the region.