PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A quick storm was expected drop several inches of snow on the East Coast before rain and warmer temperatures give worn out residents a reprieve from shoveling and shivering, days after storms paralyzed the Southeast and Northeast with heavy snow, ice and massive power outages.
The National Weather service predicted that many East Coast states will see 3 to 6 inches of snow on Tuesday after a storm moved in overnight from the Great Lakes and through the Mid-Atlantic. Much of the accumulation will complicate morning and late afternoon commutes. Some areas also will get rain, sleet or a snow-rain mixture.
"We're looking at a relatively short duration event," said the weather service's John Cristantello.
Temperatures above freezing on Tuesday should move up to the 40s to mid-50s for the remainder of the week, he said.
In New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, snow will fall from daybreak until about early afternoon before heading to the Gulf of Maine.
Coastal areas in Maine and Massachusetts saw blizzard-like conditions with more than a foot of snow during a storm on Saturday, and thousands on Cape Cod were left without power. Maine was expected to get another 4 to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday. Boston should get 1 to 3 inches but Worcester, located west of the capital, could get as much as 6 to 8 inches.
Pennsylvania was gearing up for 2 to 4 inches in Philadelphia and some southeastern areas of the state and 1 to 3 inches in eastern Pennsylvania. But forecasters said there could be 4 to 6 inches in the Poconos Mountains and 2 to 6 inches of snow in parts of western and central Pennsylvania.
On Monday, several inches of snow fell across the Great Lakes, causing Chicago's two airports to cancel more than 1,000 flights.
In Michigan, crashes closed portions of Interstate 96 in Grand Rapids and the Muskegon area saw whiteout conditions.
Last Wednesday, the snow, sleet and ice that bombarded the Southeast brought its ferocity into the East Coast a day later. About 1.2 million utility customers lost power as the storm moved from the South through the Northeast. Schools, businesses and government offices closed.
The recent storms have been blamed for the deaths of at least 25 people.