Amid relentless snowstorms and brutal wind chills, the above-freezing temperatures in today's forecast for the Northeastern US never looked so good. Snow continued to fall in the region into the morning or turn to icy rain but temperatures were expected to warm to highs near the mid-30s in Boston and Portland, Maine, and near 42 in Philadelphia. Even with the wind chill, it could seem a "balmy" 30 to 35 degrees in New York City today. "We have a little teaser with this warmup," said Kim Buttrick of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. "But temperatures are going to go back to being below normal (tomorrow) and Tuesday." The snow began falling over the East Coast yesterday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 6 inches or more of snow to some areas in the Northeast by this morning.
By last night, about 8 inches had fallen in Baltimore, while Washington had 5 inches and New York City had 2. New England, where Boston has seen more than 8 feet of snow from several strong storms in recent weeks, was again under siege. Three to 6 inches of fresh snow was forecast for much of the region, as well as a wintry mix including rain as temperatures climb today. Buttrick said existing snowpack will become heavier as it absorbs any rain that does fall and endanger strained roofs. The eastern US did not have the market cornered on misery, however: A winter storm was threatening to bring 2 feet or more of snow to parts of Colorado. Heavy snow up to 3 inches an hour began falling yesterday on the Front Range, while in Wyoming, a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie was closed. (Read more Northeast stories.)