UPDATED: March 20, 2015 7:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Instead of birds singing and flowers blooming, the DMV woke up to snowfall on the first day of spring.
Snow is expected to change to rain for most of the region by the evening. Officials are concerned about possible refreezing and black ice overnight.
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A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for parts of Maryland and Virginia.
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The advisory was in effect from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for Fauquier and Loudoun counties in Virginia. The advisory was also in effect from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Carroll, Frederick, Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland.
State police in western Maryland say the snowstorm contributed to crashes that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 68 and sent several people to the hospital.
Sgt. James Pritts says the highway reopened shortly before 2 p.m. Friday after a closure that that lasted about an hour. He says no deaths were reported.
Snowfall reports elsewhere in the region ranged from a trace at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to 6 inches in Cascade, a mountaintop community in western Maryland near the Pennsylvania border.
A few school systems delayed openings or closed for the day.
The high on Saturday will be around 60 degrees with sunny skies as we say goodbye to winter.
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