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Ice, snow threaten Monday commute across Northeast

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A winter storm that brought ice and travel disruption to the Midwest will move across the Northeast Monday, threatening a messy commute for millions.

A mixture of freezing rain and sleet is expected along the I-95 corridor with snow in some areas, prompting some schools and employers to announce a later start to the working week.

It follows a weekend of disruption in the Midwest, with many flights in and out of Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis being grounded by icy runways on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Hundreds of churches across Iowa called off Sunday services as sidewalks were turned to sheets of ice by the storm that covered the region in about a half-inch of ice, Reuters said.

That system will bring ice and snow from New England to Virginia and in northern Michigan on Monday, and rain from southern Michigan to the lower Mississippi Valley, according to The Weather Channel:

Snowfall of up to 3 inches is possible from central and northern New York through central and northern New England. It will change to sleet and freezing rain in southern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

Morning sleet and freezing rain becomes afternoon rain in western Virginia, central and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

In New York City, snow should arrive in the late morning, NBCNewYork.com reported. A winter weather advisory will be in effect north and west of the city Monday morning into Tuesday morning. As Monday wears on, warm air is expected to cause the snow to change over to rain along the coast by the afternoon. Major accumulations are not likely. 

A winter weather advisory will be in effect across the Washington, D.C., area between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET Monday, NBCWashington.com reported.

School districts - including the District of Columbia - announced late openings and several major employers allowed employees to come in late, NBCWashington.com added. The federal government will open at noon.

Icy weather across parts of the Midwest affected roads and airports, particularly at O'Hare in Chicago, where nearly 200 flights were canceled. The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reports.

Philadelphia is braced for light snow during the morning commute and ice during the evening rush, NBC10.com reported. "Temperatures will remain below freezing north and west of I-95 so significant ice or sleet accumulation is possible there during the day,” it warned.

Meanwhile, a storm bringing rain to the southwest Monday was expected to move into the southern Plains and southern half of the Mississippi Valley on Tuesday.

Damaging wind gusts, hail and tornadoes are possible from eastern Oklahoma and northeast Texas to central and southern Illinois, western Kentucky, western Tennessee, northwest Mississippi and northern Louisiana Tuesday.

Weather.com, Reuters, NBCNewYork.com, NBC10.com and NBCWashington.com contributed to this report.