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(USATODAY.com) -Another snowstorm just three days before the official start of springthreatens the Monday commute in the Mid-Atlantic, with several inchesof snow expected from St. Louis to Philadelphia, forecasters said.

Rainlate Sunday from the south will meet cold air from the Great Lakes andturn to snow and sleet in St. Louis, Louisville and Cincinnati,according to Accuweather.com. Virginia and Maryland should get a fewinches, with up to a half-foot in the mountains, Accuweather says.

Drivingconditions on slick streets are expected to be poor in Charleston,W.Va., Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. A few flakes could reach the St.Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.

"It's the typicalroller-coaster ride of March," AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist DaveDombek said, after warmer weekend weather. "March is notorious for hugetemperature swings."

Inthe Washington area, Dulles and Reagan National airports were bracingfor the storm with snow-removal teams waiting. But the airports warnedthat flights could be canceled and urged travelers to check withairlines about specific flights.

The flight-tracking service FlightAware.com said 362 domestic flights were canceled.

Thestorm comes just days before spring officially arrives on Thursday andadds insult to injury at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa.The school, which has about 10,000 students, canceled spring break,which was supposed to start Monday, after missing about a week's worthof classes earlier in the school year because of storms, saidspokeswoman Heidi Butler.

"As a small consolation," Butler said,college President Mark Erickson arranged to have umbrellas served incafeteria drinks so students "can pretend they're on spring break."

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