Winter snowstorm continues to snarl travel in Northeast

The first significant snowstorm of the season is underway for the Northeast's Interstate 95 corridor and threatens to turn roads slushy and snow-covered into Saturday night.

This is the same storm that produced significant snow in the South on Friday.

Where more than an inch or two of snow falls, roads will transition from wet to slushy to snow-covered.

Slippery spots are likely even where a small amount of snow falls. That is especially true after sunset as temperatures plunge further below freezing. The first areas to become slippery will be elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses.

"Where it snows at a decent rate, it can accumulate on roads this time of the year, including in the major cities," according to AccuWeather Senior Snow Warning Meteorologist Brian Wimer.

The snow will also cling to trees. Since some of the trees are holding onto leaves, some tree limbs may bend or break and cause sporadic power outages.

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Since the storm is not terribly strong, winds are not likely to kick up enough to lead to widespread power outages.

Airline passengers should expect delays due to deicing, poor visibility and a low cloud ceiling. Some flight cancellations may occur if runways become slippery.

Philadelphia and New York City will join Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, in receiving several inches of snow.

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There can be localized amounts in excess of 6 inches, especially near I-84 from Hartford, Connecticut, to Worcester, Massachusetts, and in Bangor, Maine, and points to the northeast.

Already, portions of the Delmarva Peninsula have measured over half of a foot of snow.

Rain and/or a wintry mix will cut down on accumulations in southeastern Virginia, the lower part of the Delmarva Peninsula, the eastern tip of Long Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

A couple of inches of snow will whiten Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

A bit of snow is also grazing the Adirondacks and Catskills in New York state to the Poconos in Pennsylvania and Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia.

Drier and fresh chilly air will filter across the I-95 corridor to end the weekend, while lake-effect snow and squalls stream downwind of the eastern Great Lakes.

new clipper storm is expected to swing in from the Midwest Monday night into Tuesday. Accumulating snow and slippery travel may spread from the eastern Great Lakes to New England.

Brutally cold air is set to plunge across New England and the mid-Atlantic in the clipper's wake at midweek. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures may be held to the single digits and teens along the I-95 corridor and below zero farther inland.

 

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