Snow to brush Philadelphia to NYC, Boston at late week

Snowstorm to Brush East Coast, Cold Weekend Follows

By Brett Rathbun, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist

A storm hugging the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts will bring a period of accumulating wet snow to end the week.

For part of the region, the storm could track far enough to the west to bring a moderate to heavy snowfall for several hours.

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Accumulating snow will extend from the Delmarva Peninsula through central and coastal New Jersey, the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, southeastern New York state, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, southeastern Vermont, southern New Hampshire and coastal Maine.

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"However, any accumulation on pavement in the city centers is unlikely with temperatures above freezing," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

Given the recent warmth and rain across the East Coast to begin February, snow will need to fall at a heavy rate to accumulate on roadways. Most of the snowfall will accumulate on non-paved surfaces.

Where the rate of snow becomes very heavy, roads will turn from wet to slushy in a matter of minutes and lead to slippery travel during Friday morning.

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Snow to brush Philadelphia to NYC, Boston at late week

A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States in late January 2016, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on Jan. 23, snowfall totals were approaching records in several states, and hurricane-force winds were battering the coastlines and leading to serious flooding. The storm was expected to continue through the morning of Jan. 24.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm system at 2:15 a.m. EST on Jan. 23. It was composed through the use of the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects faint light signals such as city lights, moonlight, airglow, and auroras. In the image, the clouds are lit from above by the nearly full Moon and from below by the lights of the heavily populated East Coast. The city lights are blurred in places by cloud cover.

(Photo via NASA)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A woman walks in strong winds and heavy snow fall in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast and parts of the South as forecasts warn of up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man use a skiing on a snow covered street in Manhattan in New York on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A pedestrian walks in the center of a snow-covered residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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TOPSHOT - A man lays in a pile of snow in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 23: Waves crash on the beach on January 23, 2016 in Cape May, New Jersey. A major snowstorm is upon the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive over a foot of snow. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Nuns from the Fraternite Notre-Dame in Chicago, Illinois are covered in newly fallen snow as they walk along Constitution Avenue while snow begins to accumulate January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive up to 1-2 feet of snow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Snow covers cars parked in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man pushing a snow plough during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks on snow covered Thomas Circle in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: A snowplow cleans up snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30 inches of snow for the DC area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The White House is seen during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People cross 15ht Street during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Homeless covers from the snow in Central park on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a restaurant during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 22: Vehicles move along Interstate 40 as an overhead sign indicates 'Winter Weather Warning In Effect' during a winter storm on January 22, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas getting a possible one to two feet of snow. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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The heaviest snow is likely to fall across southeastern Massachusetts, Long Island, Rhode Island and central and southeastern Connecticut. Much of this area will receive a quick 3 to 6 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible. This includes Islip, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Providence, Rhode Island.

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A small amount of slushy snow will fall on southeastern Virginia.

"Snow will impact the morning rush hour around New York City and Philadelphia, as well as areas farther to the east, including Atlantic City, New Jersey; Boston, Brockton and Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Providence, Rhode Island," Pydynowski said.

In most areas, precipitation will begin as rain during Thursday night with temperatures well above freezing. As colder air seeps in, the rain will change to wet snow. The changeover will occur the soonest across the inland areas and the latest near the coast.

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"Only a slight shift in the track of the storm could lead to more or less snow in some locations," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.

For example, a westward shift in the storm track by as little as 25 miles could push a few inches of wet snow and slushy streets into the swath from Philadelphia to New York City and a 6-inch snowfall to places such as Hartford, Connecticut, and Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Snow to brush Philadelphia to NYC, Boston at late week
A woman walks through steam in a snow storm as she crosses the street in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: The first measurable snowfall is seen around the White House January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama had to motorcade back to the White House from Andrews Joint Base due to the wintery weather. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Ernestine Tyus puts the last item on her list, a snow shovel, into the back of her van after loading up on supplies ahead of a potentially historic winter storm, on January, 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Drivers confer outside of their cars after a collision on January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The region received a light snowfall ahead of the expected January 22, 2016 blizzard. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man uses a snow blower to clear the sidewalk of snow in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman crosses the street as it snows in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Hoyt Scott, left, rings up a few bags of snowmelt for customer Stephanie Lyon, right, in WS Jenks hardware store as citizens seek snow fighting supplies ahead of a potentially historic winter storm, on January, 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A driver is seen outside of his car after a collision on January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. The region received a light snowfall ahead of the expected January 22, 2016 blizzard. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man bikes on a road through the snow in Washington, DC on January 20, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Sleigh riders hit the hill during a snow storm on the House side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 22, 2016. The storm is expected to bring up to two feet in the DC metro area by Sunday. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A man shovels snow off the roof of his porch during a snowstorm in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: A man uses a snow blower to clear a sidewalk as another spreads salt in front of the shuttered Georgia Ave.-Petworth metro station on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: A Metro employee digs out his stuck snow plow near the Georgia Ave.-Petworth metro station on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Plastic flowers peek through falling snow in the Parkview neighborhood on January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over a foot of snow has already fallen in the city in the past 24 hours, in what experts say could be a record-breaking storm. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
A statue is seen in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, as snow continues to fall on January 22, 2016. A monster blizzard threatening the US East Coast slammed into Washington on January 22, blanketing the nation's capital in snow as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter, warning the worst was yet to come. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Garrett Finnell, left, his sister, Karalyn Finnell, left center, of Oklahoma City, OK and their cousin, Amanda Finnell, center, of Washington, DC work on building a snowman near the White House on Friday January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A large snow event was being predicted for Washington, DC area. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Women walk on a snow-covered Connecticut Avenue, a normally busy throughfare, in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
People cross a snow bank to get to the sidewalk on a residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Snow may reach Down East Maine and parts of Nova Scotia during Friday afternoon.

Clearing is forecast from southwest to northeast across the region spanning Friday midday, afternoon and evening.

Temperatures on Friday are expected to hover in the mid- to upper 30s F from southern New England to the lower 40s across the mid-Atlantic coast. Should any snow coat roads or sidewalks, the mild air will assist with storm cleanup operations during Friday afternoon and evening, since ice-melting compounds are effective at these temperatures.

Those hoping to see any accumulating snow for skiing or snowmobiling may be in luck during the second week of February and during the month of March.

Story content contributed by AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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