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Area gets another dose of snow

Spring is just days away but winter is not leaving the Mid-Atlantic region quietly.

Just as the trees started blooming and the birds started chirping, another round of snow and ice was due to drop between 4 and 8 inches across the Fredericksburg area Sunday night and into Monday, with the higher number more likely south of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

The storm was expected to leave a heavier blanket of up to 10 inches in the Shenandoah Valley.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials predicted a treacherous commute this morning, though crews were ready to take on the snow in the same drill they have so frequently repeated this season.

Smaller accumulations were expected in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, 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.

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

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