New England braces for more snow

Northeast Regional Weather Forecast

A clipper system that moved into the Northeast on Wednesday will focus on eastern New England on Thursday, bringing minor snow when compared to the substantial snow totals of the last week or two.

Over the past couple of days, the forecast for the Northeast has been closely watched due to uncertainty in how the track of two systems approaching the region were going to interact.

The first system is the Alberta Clipper that brought light snow to the northern Plains and Midwest on Wednesday, and the second is an area of low pressure sliding along the central Gulf Coast.

After bringing drenching rain and thunderstorms from the Louisiana coast through the Florida Panhandle, the southern storm will slide into the Atlantic Ocean and up the Eastern Seaboard.

Exactly how close to the coast this low tracks will determine how much snow falls from the mid-Atlantic coast to eastern New England.

Heavier, Coastal Snow to Hit New England

At this time, the forecasting team at AccuWeather anticipates that these systems will remain separate while snow is falling across much of the Northeast. The clipper system will continue to drop light snow over parts of the Northeast, but it will be pushed farther north as the Gulf Coast system advances northward.

However, according to Meteorologist Benjamin Noll "The two areas of low pressure will actually merge over the Canadian Maritimes late on Thursday, east of the U.S. mainland sending a corridor of 3 to 6 inches of snow from eastern Maine, Atlantic Canada."

The flakes started to fall over the lower Midwest on Wednesday and advanced into the Northeast on Wednesday night. Snow will continue to track eastward on Thursday as the two systems interact and eventually merge offshore.

The greatest snow is forecast to fall over eastern Maine where 3 to 6 inches is forecast to fall through Thursday.

According to Senior Meteorologist, "Up to a few inches of snow will fall on parts of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island into Thursday afternoon. However in much of this area, a coating to an inch of snow will fall."

A coating of snow will occur in parts of New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Overall, snow totals are still expected to be less than those from the storm at the beginning of the week.

"The greatest problem for pedestrians and motorists will be plunging temperatures causing wet and slushy areas to freeze Wednesday afternoon and evening as an arctic cold front moves through," Sosnowski said.

The sudden low visibility from the band of snow pushing through will cause travel delays during the midday hours from parts of Delaware to New York City. The worst conditions in eastern New England will be for the drive home due to a flash freeze following the snow.

As the end of the week approaches, another push of arctic air will follow the storm and will sweep across the Northeast. Highs on Friday across much of the Northeast will be in the teens and 20s.

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