Quick-hitting snowfall to sweep northeastern US prior to New Year's Eve

While a powerful nor'easter is not anticipated, a storm will bring enough snow to make roads slippery and coat the landscape in parts of the Northeast with fresh snow before New Year's Eve.

storm from Montana producing feet of snow will race eastward in the frigid air now entrenched in the northeastern United States.

While the storm will struggle to find moisture because of its fast pace in the Eastern states, even a small amount of moisture can squeeze out a small accumulation.

The snow will be very fluffy. A mere 0.10 of an inch of water may yield 2 inches of snow.

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Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., August 28, 2017. Jonathan Bachman: "It was my first day covering Hurricane Harvey. I only made it 500 yards into Houston when I came across a staging area where ordinary people were conducting water rescues in the Beaumont Place neighbourhood of Houston, TX.�In addition to the rescues, residents were able to walk against the current down a long road which is seen in the image. At first I went out on a boat with a couple from Louisiana to help and document several rescues. When we got back, I looked down the road and saw an almost perfect line of residents making the long walk to the staging area. I intentionally moved to a position so I could photograph them in a way that would convey the magnitude of this storm. I wanted to communicate that it was a never-ending line of residents struggling to get to safety and it would go on for days. Harvey was a very difficult and emotionally taxing assignment. My first instinct was to put down the camera and help. It is always hard to come to the realisation that I am most helpful when I am taking pictures.�As an observer of suffering you have to believe that your images can make a difference." REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File photo SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Firefighter tackle a wildfire close to the village of Pucarica in Abrantes on August 10, 2017. Nearly 3,000 firefighters battled 80 wildfires raging across Portugal civil protection officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes. Some 650 firefighters backed by nine water-dropping aircraft and over 200 vehicles were at the scene of the biggest blaze in a forest near the central town of Abrantes. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People leave San Ramon in a car taking their horse by the reins after a forest fire devastated the nearby town of Santa Olga, 240 kilometres south of Santiago, on January 26, 2017. Six people -- among them four firefighters and two police -- have now been killed battling vast forest fires in central Chile, officials said Wednesday. Multiple blazes have ravaged 238,000 hectares (588,000 acres) and are growing, the National Forestry Corporation said in a statement. / AFP / Pablo VERA (Photo credit should read PABLO VERA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
KARO, INDONESIA, OCTOBER 14, 2017: Sinabung volcano spews molten lava with lightening storm during eruption in hight alert status from Karo, North Sumatra province, Indonesia on October 14, 2017. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sutanta Aditya / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Sutanta Aditya / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A woman and a child get rescued after a massive landslide and flood in the Huachipa district of Lima, Peru March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Wildfires burn along the Twelve Apostles area of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
A firefighter views a collapsed coastal house after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Vilano Beach, Florida, U.S. September 11, 2017. St Johns County Fire Rescue/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SANTA ROSA, CA - NOVEMBER 5: The aftermath of a firestorm that began in Napa Valley's Calistoga, destroying thousands of homes in the Coffey Park, Fountaingrove, Larkfield, and Mark West Estates neighborhoods, is viewed from this aerial photo taken over Fountaingrove on November 5, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California. Officials are calling it the most destructive wildfire in the State's history, the Tubbs Fire roared through forested hillsides before descending into densely populated neighborhoods, destroying more than 6,000 homes, out buildings, and businesses, resulting in an estimated $3 billion in damage, 24 deaths, and leaving thousands homeless. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The picture shows an aerial view of a flooded area in Asakura City, Fukuoka prefecture on July 6, 2017. At least two people have been killed and 18 others are missing in huge floods that are surging through southern Japan, with authorities warning hundreds of thousands of people to flee. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Bouca, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - A wave breaks against a pier and a lighthouse as storm Ana smashes into France in Cassis on December 11, 2017, southeastern France. / AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - View from the Comala community, Colima State, Mexico, on January 19, 2017 of the Volcano of Fire in eruption. The colima volcano is one of the most active in Mexico and in the last days its activity has intensified. / AFP / SERGIO VELASCO GARCIA (Photo credit should read SERGIO VELASCO GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Indonesian rescuers search for survivors after a wall of mud slammed onto houses from a hillside after heavy rainfall in Ponorogo district, East Java on April 2, 2017. At least one person was killed and 28 are feared buried after a landslide struck Indonesia, the national disaster agency said on April 1. / AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers stand guard a few metres away from the Sensacion hotel which collapsed with the powerful earthquake that struck Mexico overnight, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, on September 8, 2017. Mexico's most powerful earthquake in a century killed at least 35 people, officials said Friday, after it struck the Pacific coast, wrecking homes and sending families fleeing into the streets. / AFP PHOTO / VICTORIA RAZO (Photo credit should read VICTORIA RAZO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Picture released on March 12, 2017 by Aton Chile shows firefighters working to put out a forest fire in Valparaiso. Chilean authorities decreed red alert in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar for several forest fires. / AFP PHOTO / ATON CHILE / Raul ZAMORA / Chile OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / ATON CHILE / Ra�l ZAMORA /HO ' - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read RAUL ZAMORA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A boy walks towards a stranded boat in San Juan del Sur beach, following the passage of Tropical Storm Nate, in Rivas some 140km from Managua, Nicaragua, on October 6, 2017 Tropical Storm Nate gained strength as it headed toward popular Mexican beach resorts and ultimately the US Gulf coast after dumping heavy rains in Central America that left at least 22 people dead. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON (Photo credit should read INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man runs as a big wave hits the pier of the port of A Guarda, northwestern Spain, during a storm on February 2, 2017. / AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The Oroville Dam spillway releases 100,000 cubic feet of water per second down the main spillway in Oroville, California on February 13, 2017. Almost 200,000 people were under evacuation orders in northern California Monday after a threat of catastrophic failure at the United States' tallest dam. Officials said the threat had subsided for the moment as water levels at the Oroville Dam, 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Sacramento, have eased. But people were still being told to stay out of the area. / AFP / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Indian villagers travel by boat through floodwaters in Balimukh Ashigarh village in Morigoan district, in India's northeastern state of Assam, on July 4, 2017. Floods have affected 350,000 people living across 13 districts in Assam as the annual monsoon rains continue to cross the Indian sub-continent. / AFP PHOTO / Biju BORO (Photo credit should read BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Aerial view of the extensive damage caused by mudslides as a result of heavy rains, in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 3, 2017. Rescuers clawed through mud and timber Monday searching for survivors of a mudslide in southern Colombia that killed 262 people, including 43 children, and left relatives desperately seeking loved ones. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Bystanders look on as floodwaters rage past a damaged building in an area of Freetown on August 14, 2017, after landslides struck the capital of the west African state of Sierra Leone. At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving morgues overflowing and residents desperately searching for loved ones. An AFP journalist at the scene saw bodies being carried away and houses submerged in two areas of the city, where roads turned into churning rivers of mud and corpses were washed up on the streets. / AFP PHOTO / SAIDU BAH (Photo credit should read SAIDU BAH/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Experts inspect the cut-off section of the A20 motorway at the site of an unexplained landslide near Tribsees, northern Germany, on October 10, 2017. The road to the west slumped about half a meter at the end of September on a length of about 100 meters. Currently, the motorway is completely blocked in the direction of Rostock, in the direction of Stettin is still a trail passable. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Bernd W�stneck / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read BERND WUSTNECK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man helps evacuate a woman from a flooded street in Mandra, northwest of Athens, on November 16, 2017. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on November 15 declared a state of mourning after a freak overnight downpour with the force of a 'waterfall' flooded three towns near Athens, killing at least 15 people. / AFP PHOTO / DIMITRIS LAMBROPOULOS (Photo credit should read DIMITRIS LAMBROPOULOS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. California motorists commuted past a blazing inferno Wednesday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the Los Angeles region, with flames triggering the closure of a major freeway and mandatory evacuations in an area dotted with mansions. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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A general coating to an inch or two of snow is forecast from the central Appalachians to the upper mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts.

Motorists should anticipate slippery conditions along portions of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts turnpikes, as well as Interstates 68, 70, 78, 80, 81, 84, 87, 88 and 95.

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Initially, slight melting of the snow on the roads may occur due to traffic. However, the formation of some ice is likely due to the frigid air before, during and after the storm.

Minor airline delays are likely due to deicing operations at many of the major hubs.

Timing for the snow from this particular storm is late Friday night to Saturday over the central Appalachians. The snow will fall during the day Saturday along the mid-Atlantic coast and Saturday night in southeastern New England.

Areas that stand a greater chance of receiving more than 2 inches of snow include the western parts of Pennsylvania and New York state.

However, a secondary area of 2- to 4-inch snowfall is possible in southeastern New England and perhaps Long Island, New York. In this area, the storm may strengthen and grab moisture from the Atlantic at the last minute.

Snow showers may occur as far to the south as Washington, D.C., while accumulating snow from the storm may bypass much of northern New England.

Any snow that falls from the storm around New York City is likely to stick around through New Year's Eve as temperatures again plummet in the wake of the storm. Revelers will face dangerously low AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures below zero F.

Preceding this storm will be a batch of snow that extends from the Midwest to the central Appalachians on Friday.

Winds will kick up in the wake of the storm from Saturday and Saturday night.

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CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man walks through snow covered road in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Cars, covered with snow, are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Trees are seen near a road, covered with snow, during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A child skies downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man skies downhill with a child during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Dogs run through snow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man cleans a sidewalk with a snowplow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man skies downhill with his dogs during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People ski downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas decorations covered with snow is seen on a house gate in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City on December 25, 2017. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas Nativity scene covered with snow is seen at a house on Christmas day on December 25, 2017 in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
Dec 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Snow is cleared from the field prior to a game between the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Shamarko Thomas (29) celebrates in the snow following his teams overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The Buffalo Bills run an offensive play in a snow storm against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) in a snow storm during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas Nativity scene covered with snow is seen at a house on Christmas day on December 25, 2017 in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man cleans a sidewalk with a snowplow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A child skies downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People slide during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People play with snow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Aside from areas prone to lake-effect snow, most of the time will be free of snow, ice and rain for the latter part of the New Year's Day weekend.

"A persistent northwest flow aloft will prevent storms from moving up from the Southern states from Sunday to [next] Tuesday," according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Max Vido.

"At some point later next week, the flow aloft may shift and allow a storm to move northward from the Gulf of Mexico or the southern Atlantic coast," Vido said.

Painfully cold air will pour in prior to the start of 2018.

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