Snow began falling in some parts of the Washington area Sunday night, at the end of a spring day that looked and felt like winter, and schools in some outlying areas announced that they would close Monday.
Temperatures, although low for spring, were high enough in and around the city to melt the first falling flakes and keep snow from accumulating.
However, it appeared that the late Sunday snowfall might be only a foretaste of more on Monday morning.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang predicted that the steadiest snow would fall between 4 a.m and 10 a.m. Monday in moderate amounts, particularly north and west of the city.
The National Weather Service predicted about an inch of snow on Monday inside the Capital Beltway.
Public school closings for Monday were announced in Culpeper, Stafford and Warren counties in Virginia.
In Montgomery County, transportation for private special ed schools has been canceled.
March snow is relatively uncommon in the Washington area, with monthly totals seldom exceeding an inch or two in recent years.