We all know the drill by now: no eggs in the grocery store, shovels sold out at Home Depot and salt trucks galore.
It's the same scene as yet another winter storm struck the Mid-Atlantic Monday, hampering traffic, closing schools and shutting down the federal government.
Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall in some areas, Fox News and The Associated Press reported. New York could see anywhere from 2-4 inches, while the New England region is expected to miss the winter blast all together, USA Today said. Tennessee, Arkansas and northern Mississippi are expected to get hit with freezing rain, USA Today reported.
Temperatures are expected to drop up to 30 degrees below the average for this time of year, Reuters indicated, making it unlikely for the snow to melt quickly. Freeze warnings have been issued from Texas to the Canadian border, with possible power outages expected in some areas due to a thick coating of ice.
"We've got about 2,600 workers on the ground ready to go just as soon as the trouble begins," Entergy Arkansas spokesman David Lewis told a CNN affiliate. "With the forecasts being as firm as they've been, we have every reason to believe this will be a significant and serious winter storm."
Schools from Dallas to Philadelphia have canceled classes on account of snow and sleet.
The snow began early Monday morning in the Washington, D.C., area, generating treacherous commuting conditions for motorists.
"We expect some significant snow and ice accumulations throughout the region," Bruce Sullivan, a National Weather Service forecaster in College Park, Md., told USA Today. "It's going to cause some serious travel disruptions. It'll hit at the start of the workweek. In the mid-Atlantic region, that's going to be an issue."
Whether you’re traveling on the ground or in the air, Monday’s transit options are going to be messy. According to Flightaware.com and CNN, about 2,000 flights were canceled Monday, with most of the delays occurring at New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., airports.
Residents across the affected areas have been encouraged to stay off the roads. The Indiana Department of Transportation has asked drivers to avoid travel so that road crews can effectively clear roads, USA Today said.
"I can't believe it's March and it's still snowing," Betsy St. John, from Brunswick, Md., told a CNN affiliate. "I'm ready for spring."
The East Coast has been hit especially hard this winter, with multiple snowstorms canceling school and causing states to exceed their snow removal budgets. The Virginia Department of Transportation has exceeded its $10 million snow removal budget this winter by $3.4 million, CNN reported. As of last month, Maryland reportedly had spent more than $70 million for efforts like snow removal and the salting of roads, despite a budget of $46 million.