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Winter Storm Winding Down For Mid-Atlantic

UPDATED 4:15 AM EST, February 22, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A winter storm packing a punch will quickly wind down across the Mid-Atlantic in the next several hours, but not before bringing a light to moderate snowfall in time for this morning's commute. The snow will make travel treacherous along the busy Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia. A testament to how quickly the storm is moving, the fresh bounty of snow will exit the East Coast early this morning.

Light to moderate snow continues to race eastward across the Mid-Atlantic this morning, with steady snow also holding together across the Upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes. The once large swath of heavy snow will continue to dwindle across the Mid-Atlantic, before exiting into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean around sunrise. Meanwhile, the light snow will hold on longer across the Upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes today, but only minor accumulations are expected.

Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect from southern Wisconsin into northern Indiana and extreme northwestern Ohio, as well as from southeastern Ohio into the Delmarva Peninsula, including Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The worst of the snow will be found along the Mason-Dixon Line, where Winter Storm Warnings continue from Johnstown, Pa., to Philadelphia and Atlantic City, N.J.

Bands of heavy snow could still produce snowfall rates of up to an inch per hour briefly across the higher terrain of central Pennsylvania and along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor from Dover, Del., to Atlantic City, N.J. However, even here, only another inch or two of additional accumulations are likely. Total storm snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches will be common along the Mason-Dixon Line, while a slushy inch or two will graze Washington, D.C. Baltimore and Philadelphia will see a storm total of 2 to 4 inches by the time the snow winds down around the morning commute.

Travel will remain difficult, with snow, sleet and freezing rain having already accumulated on sidewalks, roads, bridges and overpasses across the Mid-Atlantic. This morning`s commute will likely be a slow one, with the greatest impacts being felt across the Interstates 95, 80 and 70 corridors. Roads may be snow-covered for a time during the height of the storm. If you must travel, allow plenty of distance between you and the next motorist, to reach your travel destination safely.

As quickly as the storm arrived on Monday, it will exit the East Coast by the morning commute, taking its bounty of fresh snow with it. Behind the departing winter storm, a dose of Canadian air will follow on its heels, with temperatures only rising into the 30s today.

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