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A view down Second Avenue in Midtown Manhattan as snow falls in New York March 1, 2015. A snow alert and travel advisory have been issued as accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected Sunday that could mean a hazardous Monday morning commute. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker cleans the snow from the sidewalk in Midtown Manhattan as snow falls in New York March 1, 2015. A snow alert and travel advisory have been issued as accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected Sunday that could mean a hazardous Monday morning commute. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ- FEBRUARY 25: Snow and ice is viewed near the Hudson River with lower Manhattan in the background on February 25, 2015 in Hoboken, New Jersey. New York City and much of the East Coast has been experiencing frigid temperatures over the past week with heavy snow and sleet accumulations. Temperatures have hovered in the teens with wind chills dropping below zero. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 23: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan on February 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The city is struggling through the third coldest February on record. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Sonia Salcedo walks on a snowy day in Cheesman Park in Denver, February 23, 2015. The Denver area got hit by a large snow storm, and forecast are calling for more snow mid week. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: People walk by a build-up of ice in the East River near the Manhattan Bridge on February 23, 2015 in New York City. New York City and much of the East Coast has been experiencing frigid temperatures over the past week with heavy snow and sleet accumulations. Temperatures have hovered in the teens with wind chills dropping below zero.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: A newly wed couple poses for photographers near the East River on a cold day on February 23, 2015 in New York City. New York City and much of the East Coast has been experiencing frigid temperatures over the past week with heavy snow and sleet accumulations. Temperatures have hovered in the teens with wind chills dropping below zero.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: A build-up of ice is viewed in the East River near the Manhattan Bridge on February 23, 2015 in New York City. New York City and much of the East Coast has been experiencing frigid temperatures over the past week with heavy snow and sleet accumulations. Temperatures have hovered in the teens with wind chills dropping below zero.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 23: Eddie Garica waits for a trail in downtown Denver, February 23, 2015. The Denver area got hit by a large snow storm, and forecast are calling for more snow mid week. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
07:38AM ET 02.23.15 The bitter cold will continue over much of the East into the first part of the week.
Commuters make their way on a frigidly cold day in New York on February 20, 2015. The temperature in Central Park Friday morning was 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-16.6C). The previous record for this date was 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-13.8C), set in 1950. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Ice floes are viewed along the Hudson River in Manhattan on a frigidly cold day February 20, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the East Coast and Western United States is experiencing unusually cold weather with temperatures in the teens and the wind chill factor making it feel well below zero. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
06:42AM ET 02.15.15 The Weather Channel meteorologist Reynolds Wolf is in Boston where heavy snow is falling from Winter Storm Neptune.
New England residents are bracing themselves for the fourth major snowstorm since mid-January, set to begin Saturday afternoon and culminate in blizzard conditions with hurricane force winds for coastal areas through Sunday.
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: A local resident shovels snow on February 9, 2015, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: A car is buried in snow and parked on a residential street on February 9, 2015, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 9: Snowbanks have formed paths around the city, like this one at Dewey Square near South Station. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: A local resident shovels snow on February 9, 2015, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Shoveling out driveways in driving wind in Quincy, Mass. during yet another day of heavy snowfall on Feb. 9, 2015. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ROCKLAND, MA - FEBRUARY 9: People shovel off the roof at 273 Weymouth St. in Rockland, Mass. after the roof on the building next door collapsed amid yet another heavy winter storm on Feb. 9, 2015. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ROCKLAND, MA - FEBRUARY 9: The roof collapsed at 333 Weymouth Ave. in Rockland, Mass. as the area was hit with yet another day of heavy snowfall on Feb. 9, 2015. There were no injuries in the incident. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: Cars are buried under snow on a residential street February 9, 2015, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images) (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: A local resident plows snow on February 9, 2015, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: A local resident shovels snow on February 9, 2015, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 9: Steve Cooley (cq) glides down Custer Street heading for the Arnold Arboretum (cq). The Jamaica Plain resident, who has an outside job, said 'I couldn't work outside, so I'm going to play.' The region is dealing with more snow, on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Snow is cleared from the entrance to a Kendall Square office building as the region deals with more snow, on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A Quincy, Mass. resident climbs on his roof to clear piles of snow after the area received record consecutive snowfalls. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 9: A pedestrian trying to cross the street had to peek around a large snowbank in Boston. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: A worker shovels snow from the sidewalk on February 9, 2015, in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
NORTH ANDOVER, MA - FEBRUARY 9: The region is being hit once again, and the snow that has already fallen in the past weeks has created difficult conditions for clearing. In some areas of downtown North Andover, Mass., instead of plowing the snow to the side of the road as would normally be done, it was being dumped into piles on Main Street, then picked up and removed from the area. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A snow-covered third rail caused an MBTA train in Quincy, Mass. to get stuck between the Quincy Adams and Quincy Center stations. Passengers had to be rescued by the Quincy Fire Department. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: Commuters exit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) JFK/UMass station and head toward shuttle buses that carried them to their destinations on February 9, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Line experienced substantial delays due to snow accumulation and two disabled trains Monday morning. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: Workers continue clearing snow around the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) South Station on February 9, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: Commuters exit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) JFK/UMass station and head toward shuttle buses that carried them to their destinations on February 9, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Line experienced substantial delays due to snow accumulation and two disabled trains Monday morning. Boston was hit with a third major snowstorm in three weeks, with the latest storm starting on Saturday evening, and expected to continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA -- FEBRUARY 09: Commuters exit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) JFK/UMass station and heads toward shuttle buses that carried them to their destinations on February 9, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Line experienced substantial delays due to snow accumulation and two disabled trains Monday morning. Boston was hit with a third snowstorm in three weeks. It started snowing on Saturday evening, and will continue through Tuesday morning, bringing another 8 - 16 inches of accumulation. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
Feb 02, 2015; 9:10 AM ET Weather forecast overview for the Northeast United States
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: A worker clears snow from an L platform on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: Jonathan Kletzel clears snow from the sidewalk outside his home on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: A man digs out his car along a snow-covered street on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 01: A cyclist takes cover from the snow on February 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fifteen inches or more of snow is expected to fall on the city before Monday morning. The snow has caused power outages and forced about 2,000 flight cancelations at the city's airports. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
HINGHAM, MA - JANUARY 28: Jim Culbert is covered in snow as he uses a snowblower to clear his driveway of several feet of snow, on January 28, 2015 in Hingham, Massachusetts. A day after winter storm Juno dumped several feet of snow in the Boston area, people emerge to dig out or enjoy the snow. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
HINGHAM, MA - JANUARY 28: Jim Culbert uses a snowblower to clear his driveway of several feet of snow, but ends up getting a lot of the snow on himself, on January 28, 2015 in Hingham, Massachusetts. A day after winter storm Juno dumped several feet of snow in the Boston area, people emerge to dig out or enjoy the snow. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
HINGHAM, MA - JANUARY 28: Jim Culbert uses a snowblower to clear his driveway of several feet of snow, but ends up getting a lot of the snow on himself, on January 28, 2015 in Hingham, Massachusetts. A day after winter storm Juno dumped several feet of snow in the Boston area, people emerge to dig out or enjoy the snow. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 27: A youngster is bundled up for protection from the elements at Mattlin Middle School on January 27, 2015 in Plainview, New York. The Long Island region received between 12 and 30 inches of snow overnight into midday Tuesday from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: A chain link fence next to the damaged sea wall in Marshfield, Mass. was also brought down during winter storm Juno on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Laura Crimaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 27: Residents take advantage of sledding opportunties at Mattlin Middle School on January 27, 2015 in Plainview, New York. The Long Island region received between 12 and 30 inches of snow overnight into midday Tuesday from Winter Storm Juno. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow blankets the South End neighborhood, after 16 hours of snow accumulation on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-six inches of snow fell on Boston by the late afternoon, and up to 33 inches in other parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
SCITUATE, MA - JANUARY 27: A wave slams into a part of the Scituate, Mass. town sea wall as an evening high tide approaches. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: A home on Ocean Street in Marshfield, Mass. suffered damage from the force of the ocean during winter storm Juno on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Laura Crimaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Downed power lines. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Resident Simon Adkins from Marshfield brave the wind to survey the damage. Large rocks have filled the area. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, ME - JANUARY 27: Mary Moga of Portland walks down an empty Park Avenue as a blizzard hit Maine Tuesday, January 27, 2015. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A snow plow works to clear the streets of the Back Bay neighborhood in the late afternoon after 16 hours of snow accumulation during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Twenty-six inches of snow fell on Boston by the late afternoon, and up to 33 inches in other parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - JANUARY 27: Homes along the shore of Brant Rock on the ocean are destroyed by the force of the ocean during the blizzard. Large rocks have filled the area. Lobsters traps washed up on Ocean Street as an electric company truck stands by. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Newspaper dispensers stand covered in snow on Charles Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A howling blizzard heaped less snow on New York City that forecasters expected, leaving politicians defending their near-total shutdown on travel. (Jan. 27)
A snow plow cleans the area around the State House on Beacon Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A snow plow cleans the area around the State House on Beacon Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cars sit covered in snow on Joy Street as winter storm Juno continues to move through the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A woman struggles to cross Clarendon Street in the snow as winter storm Juno continues to move through Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Snow will fall across eastern Massachusetts for the next several hours as the blizzard that missed New York buries much of New England, shutting down transportation and knocking out power to thousands of consumers and to Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim nuclear plant. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NORTH WINDHAM, ME - JANUARY 27: Tyler Emery of Windham rides his fat bike along Rt. 302 in North Windham while watching out for multiple snow plows. (Photo by John Patriquin/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A nurse on her way to work in Acton stops her car on the side of the road to clear her windshield wipers early morning during winter storm Juno on Tuesday. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow blankets the South End neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 27: Snow blankets the Back Bay neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to three feet of snow is expected to hit parts of Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, MA - JANUARY 27: A bulldozer plows during winter storm Juno in the early morning. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WINTHROP, MA - JANUARY 27: An emergency vehicle drives down a snowy Winthrop Shore Drive in the early morning following an overnight blizzard January 27, 2015 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The blizzard hit the region bringing strong wind gusts and up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the winter storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, but much of the state will likely be spending the day snowed in, as a winter storm continues to pound the state. (Jan. 27)
People cross a street covered in snow in New York's Times Square during a snow storm on January 26, 2015. A winter storm pounded the northeastern United US on January 26 hitting tens of millions of people and forcing the rare cancelation of Broadway shows in an 'historic' New York blizzard. Winter Storm Juno is expected to dump up to three feet (around a meter) of snow in parts of the northeast, with the worst affected areas likely to be New England, particularly Connecticut and Massachusetts. More than 6,560 flights on Monday and Tuesday were cancelled, the New York city transit system was to shut at 11pm and road travel made a criminal offense in 13 counties of New York state. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Snow and ice melter is displayed for sale at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A shelf of water bottles sits nearly empty at Market Basket in Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer shops for supplies to prepare for the winter storm at a Home Depot Inc. store in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Wind-driven snow falling as fast as four inches per hour is poised to bring travel and commerce to a standstill from New York to Boston. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Cars drive on a Manhattan Street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A postal worker waits to cross Canal St. during a snowstorm on January 26, 2015 in New York City. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow. (Photo by Preston Rescigno/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Snow and adverse weather conditions affect the daily life in New York, United States on January 26, 2015. US officials take precautions after American National Weather Service's warnings about the upcoming storm in the country's northeastern region. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Snow and adverse weather conditions affect the daily life in New York, United States on January 26, 2015. US officials take precautions after American National Weather Service's warnings about the upcoming storm in the country's northeastern region. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: People walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 18 to 24 inches of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that only emergency vehicles will be allowed on area roads after 11pm. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 26: Heavy surf pounds the shoreline where a boardwalk once stood before it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, on January 26, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ. Much of the Northeast is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow in some areas. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, a major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region and is bringing snow to the Northeast of the U.S. pictured at 14:15 UTC on January 26, 2015. Blizzard Warnings are in effect for the coastal areas from New Jersey to Maine. The storm will move along the northeast coastline from Monday night into Tuesday bringing a significant amount of snow and blustery winds across the northeast and New England causing blizzard conditions. Snow totals of 1 to 3 feet will occur from the New York City area into southern and eastern New England. (Photo by NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)
A man walks his dog in the snow on January 21, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A man plays with his dog in the snow on January 21, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Manassas National Battlefield park is seen on a snowy day on January 21, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - JANUARY 28: Sledding means a spray of ice and snow during 16 degree post blizzard sledding in Squantum. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HUDSON, MA - JANUARY 28: The cold weather didn't stop John Crossman, 79, from wearing shorts as he cleared away snow from where his mailbox and newspaper box reside at the end of his driveway in Hudson, Massachusetts January 27, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 15: A highway entrance is blurred by snow during winter storm Neptune which dropped over a foot of snow February 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is the fourth major storm to hit the New England region that has already seen more than 6 feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
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Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest this week with widespread ice and flooding concerns.


With the storm taking a more northern track, its swath of disruptive snow will stretch from Wyoming to northern Michigan to northern Maine Monday night through Wednesday.

The door will open for warmer air to pour in south of the snowstorm, causing any snow at the storm's onset to change over to an icy mix, then rain across the rest of the Midwest and Northeast.

This ice to rain event will race in a west-to-east fashion from the Midwest to the Northeast Monday night through Tuesday night.



Enough ice to cause slippery travel for a time is expected in St. Louis; Chicago; Indianapolis; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; New York City and Albany, New York; and Boston.

Where the cold is slower to leave in the interior Northeast, the prolonged icing could lead to downed trees and power outages.

Road conditions will improve when rain replaces the ice, but motorists should continue to use caution after temperatures initially climb above freezing. Due to the recent cold, roadway temperatures may lag behind and remain slick for an extra hour or two.

The rain will bring its own issues for residents and travelers.

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Downpours and reduced visibility may lead to continued slow travel for motorists and additional flight delays.

The rain will be heavy enough and/or will combine with melting snow to trigger flooding in the lower Midwest states (including the Ohio Valley), the spine of the Appalachians, upper mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

Low-lying areas and places where snow mounds are covering storm drains will be most susceptible to flooding. Ice jams may also form on area rivers, leading to flooding on nearby property.

At first, the rain will add weight to the snow on roofs in southern New England [including the Boston area]," stated AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.



"But as temperatures rise into the 40s, melting will occur and that will lead to some street flooding."

The milder and more spring-like weather headed to the Midwest and Northeast will only be brief. Fresh arctic air will quickly return Wednesday through Thursday.

While slowing down the snow melt and easing the flood threat, the arctic blast will arrive fast for any wet or slushy areas to freeze and turn icy.

The arrival of the colder air will also coincide with when a new batch of rain will spread from the southern Plains to the East Coast. As the cold air slams into the rain, a changeover to treacherous ice or snow will occur in a large swath from Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley to the mid-Atlantic and potentially a part of the Northeast.

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