Another round of snow, ice targets parts of U.S.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Spring is just days away, but winter is not leaving quietly.

Just as the trees started blooming and the birds started chirping, another round of snow and ice was bearing down Sunday on the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic.

Forecasters were predicting light snow along the Pennsylvania-Maryland line late Sunday, perhaps as much as 3 inches, with lesser amounts up to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and trace snowfall farther north.

Parts of eastern West Virginia, central and west-central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley could see up to 10 inches of snow. Smaller accumulations were expected in Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Parts of Southern Virginia and North Carolina braced for a slippery mix of rain, sleet and snow.

"Travel will be dangerous. It's a late-season storm, but we can't let our guard down," said Amy Bettwy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's office in Sterling, Va.

A band of snow fell across Iowa on Saturday evening, following a warm and sunny day. The Des Moines area received about an inch of snow.

Rain and thunderstorms were expected in the Southeast, some of which could be strong.

Winter's return follows several days of springlike temperatures. With spring officially starting Thursday, people weary of shoveling snow are hoping that the latest storm will be winter's final encore.

Temperatures in many areas are expected to be in tune with spring by Thursday. But forecasters cannot say whether winter will finally end. Ms. Bettwy said snowstorms are typical through March.


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