PITTSBURGH -- A wide-ranging storm is headed toward the East Coast after blanketing the Midwest and burying thoughts of springtime weather under a blanket of heavy wet snow and slush, though less snow is predicted to fall as the storm moves eastward.
Light rain and snow were falling in New Jersey on Monday morning as the storm moved in after dropping 2 to 6 inches in Ohio.
The storm was expected to drop a similar amount as it moved across Pennsylvania, except for higher elevations like the Laurel Mountains southeast of Pittsburgh, where 6 to 10 inches were forecast - though there were no major problems reported.
In the mid-Atlantic, Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said more than 3 inches of snow had been reported by 8 a.m. Monday at Washington Dulles International Airport, and more than an inch at Reagan National Airport.
Sheffield said most of that region's expected snowfall had already occurred, but ``it happened at the worst time for the morning commute. I know I had a tough time.''
But the slushy morning commute and widespread school delays as the storm moved eastward, were minor compared to the storm's impact on the Midwest, where it was blamed for separate crashes in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri on snow-slicked roads.
Springfield, in central Illinois, got slammed with a record 17 inches of snow, and several central Indiana counties declared snow emergencies after getting hit with up to 8 inches of snow.