A last blast of winter came through the area, dropping a coating of sleet on roads and making travel briefly hazardous.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Griffin said the sudden cold snap was not unexpected and caused a 35 degree temperature drop within about 24 hours.

The rain which came in Wednesday night switched to sleet in some areas Thursday.

"There's pockets of heavier sleet in areas," Griffin said. "And of course if you throw ice at any surface, even if it's above freezing, it will get slick before it melts."

Griffin said temperatures are expected to climb back into the mid 70s by early next week.

"This is probably the last real blast," he said. "Spring is here."

Griffin said with the warmer air in the region there is a good chance of a longer-than-usual spring storm season.

"We probably will get a more stormy-type season," he said.