Will snow in parts of northeastern US Thursday be winter's last hurrah?

A storm will bring snow and a wintry mix to the interior northeastern United States on Thursday, but is this winter's last hurrah for the season?

The fast-moving nature of the storm will limit the amount of accumulating snow.

A general coating to an inch or two of snow is likely from northern Ohio and parts of northern and western Pennsylvania to western, central and northern New York state and central and northern New England.

Because of the time of the year, paved and concrete surfaces tend to absorb a good deal of the sun's energy by day and remain at a higher temperature than grassy and elevated surfaces at night.

Most of the accumulation will be on non-paved surfaces. However, where snow falls at night or over higher elevations, some roads, sidewalks and parking lots can get slushy. Motorists should be especially cautious on bridges and overpasses.

Along the Interstate 95 corridor, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Hartford, Connecticut, and Portland, Maine, all or mostly rain will fall. It is possible, where and when it rains hard, that wet snowflakes or a dash of sleet may be mixed in.

A wintry mix of mostly rain and some wet snow and sleet is more likely in the I-81 corridor of northern Virginia, northern Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania.

In the wake of this storm, some changes will take place in the overall weather pattern.

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Snow hits New York in early April storm
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NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A construction worker carries a stop sign in the snow near the Brooklyn Bridge Park and I-278, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A man walk a dog in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A lone man walks in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A woman carries an umbrella in the snow as she crosses Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A woman crosses the street in the snow during the morning rush hour at Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to sleet and rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A worker adjusts the awning to protect fruits and vegetables sitting outside at his produce store on Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Blooming flowers are seen covered in snow on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: A dog walks down a snow covered sidewalk on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: Equipment from a local news television station sits in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Easter eggs hang from a snow covered tree on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
A woman shovels snow from a walkway at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, U.S., April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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"Areas from the central Appalachians to southern New England on south should be done with any snow for the season after Thursday's storm," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

"People from northern New York state to northwestern New England may still have another snow event or two into May," Pastelok said.

Much of the region can expect a stretch of dry, sunny weather from Friday through Monday.

The nighttime and early morning hours will be chilly and frosty in many locations, but strong late April sunshine should make the afternoon hours tolerable for even those who mind a slight chill.

Those hoping for a stretch of dry weather for outdoor projects will receive their wish.

However, the next storm is likely to come from the South and not from the Rockies or the Upper Midwest next week, so precipitation will come in the form of rain rather than snow.

A period of cloudy and rainy weather is likely to spread overmuch of the region from Monday night through the middle of next week.

Beyond the storm during the middle of next week, temperatures are likely to trend upward, including nighttime lows.

"From late April to early May, we are getting more confident that a several-day stretch of warmth is in store for the Northeast," Pastelok said. "There can still be some cloudy and cool episodes for the mid-Atlantic and spotty snow in the northern tier moving forward in May."

At least it now appears that the weather pattern in the Northeast will begin to ascend the stairs out of the relentless snowy and cold basement in the coming days.

Pastelok cautioned that gardeners should keep in mind that since the overall pattern has been running about a month behind schedule, with this April behaving more like an average March, that frosts may occur well into the spring in the Northeast.

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Early 2018 winter weather across the US
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Early 2018 winter weather across the US
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 20: A view of the frozen trees and ornamentals at Whihala Beach Park with the impact of surges and extremely cold weather in Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 20, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ILLIONIS, USA - JANUARY 12: Huge waves crash onto the sidewalk of the Lake Michigan as strong winds drive huge waves reaching about 6 meters high along the Chicago shoreline after the heavy snowfall and strong winds hit Indiana, in Chicago, United States on January 12, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 9: The U.S. Capitol dome is seen surrounded by fog Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Storm clouds pass over the dome of the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: Crowd of people skate on the ice rink during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: City staff members shovel snow during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: A visitor from Vietnam makes his way across the frozen Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on January 8, 2018. A member of the National Park Service subsequently told people to leave the ice and said that 12 people had recently fallen through. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of ice floating over the frozen Chicago river as extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: A man walks around Central Park during freezing temperatures on January 06, 2018 in New York City. The extreme conditions suffered across the United States are a result of the 'bomb cyclone' brought along by Storm Grayson. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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