Snow Predictions Melt Away

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By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 21, 2006; 1:36 PM

Predictions of a snowstorm in the Washington area on the first full day of spring seemed to be melting away this afternoon, as the National Weather Service lifted the winter weather advisory it had previously issued for the region.

The wintry storm that blanketed the Plains states still could bring some snow and sleet to the metropolitan region, forecasters said.

But the chances of a real snow shower were hovering at 40 percent or lower. Around noon, there were some isolated flurries in downtown Washington.

Temperatures were in the mid-30s, and expected to fall several degrees below freezing tonight, leaving the possibility that some road cold be slick or icy during rush hour Wednesday morning.

The snow system that was petering out as it moved toward the East Coast had packed quite a wallop yesterday, when it hammered Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas with one to two feet of snow -- forcing the closure of schools, highways and South Dakota's state legislature.

The storm then headed across the Midwest, losing strength as it did so. Only minor accumulations were expected in Illinois, Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The cold front is expected to collide with warm air pushing up from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to thunderstorms across the Southeast, AccuWeather forecasters said.

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