A snowstorm that began Monday night and ended yesterday morning dropped between 1 and 3 inches of snow on the Washington metropolitan area, slowing traffic and causing some schools to open late.

Weather officials termed yesterday's snowstorm "relatively" mild compared to the previous storms this season.

Road crews in D.C. and area jurisdictions worked throughout the night to spread chemicals and [WORD ILLEGIBLE] over major roads. But because of icy conditions on some routes, schools in Fairfax, Prince William and Prince George's counties opened later than normal yesterday morning.

Warm temperatures yesterday, reaching a high of 39 at 3:30 p.m., helped melt the snow in the streets and on walkways. But last night much of the city and surrounding suburbs remained covered by an inch of snow.

Yesterday's snow storm, the seventh of the season, was the product of a storm system that stretched across half the nation Monday, from the Atlantic Coast to the Missouri Valley. Snow began falling at 4:25 p.m. Monday and fell intermittently until 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

Weather officials said a low pressure system is currently moving across the southern states and may bring increased moisture to our area, producing more snow by Thursday.

Today's forecast calls for sunny skies, changing to cloudiness tonight. Temperatures during the day will range from 38 to 43, dropping to between 22 and 15 at night. The change of precipitation is near zero.