Spring snow: Northeast faces messy commute Monday

U.S. spring outlook calls for continued flood threat
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  • Eight inches of snow could fall in the Boston metro area Sunday night and Monday morning
  • New York City could get 1 to 3 inches of snow and Philadelphia 1 inch of snow, CNN meteorologist says
  • The snow should melt within a couple of days as temperatures rise

(CNN)Snow is expected to fall across the Northeast on Sunday night, creating a difficult commute Monday for workers in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.

Spring officially started at 12:30 a.m. ET Sunday, but that's not much comfort to folks in Massachusetts. They'll get the worst of the snow that falls through Monday morning, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
    Boston will see up to 8 inches of snow in the southern suburbs and 4 to 6 inches in the northern suburbs, with lower amounts moving across the western part of the state. Cape Cod could get up to 10 inches of snow.
    This will be a heavy, wet snow that creates hazardous driving conditions in the morning and afternoon commutes, Guy said.
    In anticipation of problems, Boston Public Schools will be closed Monday, mostly because of the timing of the snowfall, according to the district's website. Public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, also canceled classes Monday, system spokeswoman Doris De Los Santos told CNN in a Sunday email.
    The New York City area is likely to get 1 to 3 inches, with higher amounts toward the eastern tip of Long Island, Guy said. Mayor Bill de Blasio offered a different prediction in a news release.
    "The city is expecting approximately 2 to 4 inches of snow, which can cause slippery conditions Sunday evening through Monday morning," he said. "We're urging New Yorkers to allow for extra travel time, drive slowly and exercise caution when walking or biking."
    Philadelphia should see 1 inch through Monday, with possibly 2 to 4 inches of accumulation along the Jersey shore.
    The snow comes courtesy of a low pressure system moving up the East Coast. The National Weather Service issued a storm warning which remains in effect for the area from 7 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday.
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    Weather predictions for the Northeast shifted over the past few days because different computer models produced slightly different forecasts, Guy said.
    The good news? The snow should melt quickly, Guy said.
    Temperatures are going to make a quick rebound from this burst of winterlike weather with temperatures reaching the lower 50s for Boston by Wednesday and the 60s for New York.
    Guy said there may not be much accumulation on New York City area roads because of recent high temperatures.
    "There could be issues on overpasses, which I am sure will be treated by the DOT," he said. "Roadways toward the eastern portions of Long Island are expected to be more hazardous due to more snowfall expected in those areas out toward Montauk, which could see up to 8 inches of snow."
    Newark and LaGuardia airports probably will not experience the delays of JFK, which will see more snow accumulations, he said. Delays are still expected because of poor visibility and poor conditions.