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Snow to blanket interior northeastern US; Rain to dampen Atlantic Coast

Shortly after March begins, a storm will spread snow over part of the interior northeastern United States, while mostly rain falls along the Atlantic Coast.

Tuesday is the first day of March 2016. The day will start wintry, wet and stormy in the Midwest, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

While the storm will be much less potent than last week's event, enough rain and snow can fall to slow travel in parts of the Midwest and the Northeast.

The storm will spread rain over much of the Northeast during Tuesday and Tuesday night. However, as colder air continues to filter in, rain will mix with and change to snow in the lower Great Lakes region and the central Appalachians.

"During the transition from rain to snow, there can be a period of sleet," Pydynowski said.

Several inches of snow can accumulate from northwestern Pennsylvania to western and northern New York state and part of northern New England. Roads will become slippery and snow covered in the swath from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Burlington, Vermont. This includes portions of Interstate 79, I-80, I-81, I-86 and I-90. In this same area, the clinging nature of the snow could weigh down tree limbs and cause sporadic power outages.

Depending upon the speed of the arrival of colder air farther east, there could be a couple of inches in parts of northern West Virginia, western Maryland, southwestern and northeastern Pennsylvania, central New York state and central New England. Slippery roads could develop over the higher elevations and on bridges and overpasses in this zone.

In the area from Roanoke, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Portland, Maine, rain could slow the Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning commutes. While much of the rain will be light, there will be localized downpours that could lead to poor visibility and force motorists to slow down.

A few rumbles of thunder are possible on Wednesday in coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic. A severe weather outbreak is not expected.

There is only a slight chance enough cold air sweeps in and moisture lingers long enough to allow some wet snow to mix in from part of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey to southeastern New England during Wednesday afternoon. Even if a change to snow would occur at the last minute, road surfaces will be warm due to temperatures of 50 F or higher from Tuesday.

There is a greater chance of rain ending as a period of snow north and west of Boston later on Wednesday.

Colder air will continue to settle in behind the storm during the balance of the week.

Depending on the track and strength of another storm, there is the chance of a period of accumulating snow or spotty flurries from Virginia and West Virginia to Massachusetts from Thursday night to Friday.