Rain, wintry mix, then snow expected on Peninsula Monday night, early Tuesday

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Weather forecasters say rain Monday could turn to snow overnight, and continue falling into Tuesday.

The rain is expected to start in the morning, according to Mike Montefusco, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield.

Monday's forecast shows a high temperature of about 51 degrees, dropping to a low of 31 overnight.

The wintry mix may set in between 8 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday, and snow may come after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

By Tuesday's end, the Peninsula could see 1 to 1.5 inches of accumulation.

A storm coming from the north is expected to drop about 2 feet of snow in New England and more than a foot in New York and New Jersey, said Lyle Alexander, a weather service meteorologist. As it moves south, where temperatures are warmer, the snowfall will lessen, leaving a just dusting in Newport News.

Calling for milder temperatures on Monday, similar to Sunday, Lyle said the high is expected to be in the 50s. Temperatures will fall Tuesday as the day goes on with highs in the mid 30s. Wednesday will warm up a bit with highs in the upper 30s. Overnight temperatures will dip well below freezing and hover in the 20s, Lyle said.

While meteorologists couldn't say that this was the start of another snowy season for the area, no one should pack up those warm coats, scarves and gloves any time soon. Alexander said he wouldn't be surprised to see more snow flakes in the forecast next week.

The Virginia Department of Transportation issued a warning to northern Virginia residents for their morning commute Monday and through the next 36 hours as the region near Washington, D.C., braces for about 5 inches of snow.

Crews were out Sunday treating roads across the state, VDOT said. But in areas such as Hampton Roads, anti-icing won't take place because rain is expected before snow.

The department reminds drivers to allow extra time when conditions aren't ideal and beware of potential icy areas such as bridges, ramps, curves and overpasses.

Reporter Sarah J. Pawlowski contributed. Rockett can be reached by phone at 757-247-4942. Castillo can be reached by phone at 757-247-4635.

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