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Winter Storm Titan brings wintry mess and school closings to East Coast

East Coast kids will enjoy a snow day while parents fight a wintry mix during their morning and evening commutes on Monday, March 3, 2014.
East Coast kids will enjoy a snow day while parents fight a wintry mix during their morning and evening commutes on Monday, March 3, 2014.
Sandy Wallace

As Winter Storm Titan roars across the country with snow and ice, March comes in like a lion on the East Coast. According to The Weather Channel, Titan takes aim at the East Coast on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Winter Storm Titan heads east on Monday, March 3, 2014, bringing a wintry mess to the East Coast
Sandy Wallace

The morning commute will be a mess for parents across much of the country on Monday. Schools from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic are closed for the day.

While New England may escape the wrath of Winter Storm Titan, families from North Carolina to New York are prepared for the worst.

Following a beautiful Sunday with temperatures in the 60s, many central Virginia families were surprised to receive school's out notices on Sunday night in advance of the storm.

Overnight lows in central Virginia were in the upper 30s; however, as the storm advances, temperatures will drop into the teens to low 20s by the end of the day.

As Winter Storm Titan eases hold in the Midwest, temperatures there will rise from below zero on Monday morning to a high in the 20s before dipping down near zero overnight.

Heavy morning rain will change over to a wintry mix in central Virginia, before changing to accumulating snow by the evening commute.

In the Washington, D.C. area, temperatures are already below freezing and snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches are forecast. Federal government offices and military bases are closed for the day, according to

Winter Storm Titan is also impacting travelers across the country. More than 4,800 U.S. flights have been cancelled since Saturday, according to Flight Aware, including more than 2,000 on Monday.

Parents should plan for the possibility of power outages before heading to work on Monday. Sleet and freezing rain combined with blustery winds may result in downed tree limbs and power lines.

If older kids will be home alone while parents are working, family emergency plans should be reviewed to ensure the safety of the kids in the event of a power outage.

The evening commute will be worse than the morning commute for many Mid-Atlantic parents. The good news is that spring comes this month.

When March comes in like a lion, it usually goes out like a lamb. The bad news is that another blast of winter weather may hit the Mid-Atlantic by the end of the week, according to The Weather Channel.

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