Spring is set to begin Wednesday, but the calendar didn't stop a last-minute winter storm from striking Bradford County and the surrounding areas Monday.

Area residents and business owners dug out their shovels and ice scrapers for one last hurrah Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service Monday evening expected four to eight inches of snow and ice to accumulate in the region by 8 a.m. today, when a winter weather advisory was set to expire.

Snow began falling at about 2 p.m. Monday and quickly began to accumulate, with several inches on the ground in Sayre by Monday evening.

The conditions made for a slippery afternoon and evening commute Monday. Emergency responders were called to several motor vehicle accidents, and the NWS expected difficult travel conditions to continue through this morning.

NWS forecasts Monday evening called for a wintry mix continuing into Tuesday, with up to an additional inch of accumulation expected. Bradford County was expected to see snow and freezing rain Tuesday morning, then a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon as temperatures warm up to around 40 degrees, according to the NWS.

The NWS also expected a small chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday, according to Monday's forecasts.

Schools in the area dismissed early as a result of the weather, according to their websites.

Wyalusing Area School District was dismissing early because of the weather, with the elementary school at 12:45 p.m. and the high school at 1 p.m.

The Troy Area School District announced an early dismissal at 12.30 p.m.

The Canton Area School District's website had a bit more of a message: "The Canton Area School District will dismiss early today, Monday, March 18, 2013 due to weather conditions. All after school activities are cancelled. All district residents are encouraged to be safe during this storm."

The Athens Area School District dismissed early. These schools were dismissed at the following times: SRU - 12:20 p.m.; Rowe/Lynch - 12:45 p.m.; and the high school at 12:55 p.m.

The Towanda Area School District noted that its school board meeting scheduled Monday had been cancelled. All schools in the district were dismissed at 1 p.m., said district superintendent Steven Gobble.

In Sayre School District, meanwhile, there had been no school on Friday as well as Monday, according to the district's website, which announced that classes were to resume today. No reason was specified.

Sullivan County School District was closed Monday because of the weather.

The Northeast Bradford School District announced Monday it was dismissing school at 12:30 p.m. on Monday as a result of the weather, and that all after school activities were cancelled.

In Waverly Central School District, N.Y., students were excused at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the district's website.

The Bradford/Sullivan County Music Educators Association Jazz Festival, scheduled for Monday evening in Troy, was cancelled due to the weather. There are no plans to reschedule, according to Daniel Schwanger, instrumental music teacher/band director at Troy Area Jr/Sr High School.

Staff writers Amanda Renko and Eric Hrin contributed to this report.