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More Than 110 Million Brace for Weekend Snowstorm

The sprawling storm could span 1,000-miles and is likely to cause many flight delays and cancellations
Updated Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, 6:12 p.m. ET

Heavy snow and travel disruptions will spread from St. Louis to Pittsburgh Friday night, then to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston Saturday.

The snowstorm will span more than 1,000 miles.

Thanks to recent Arctic air making roads and sidewalks much colder compared to previous storms, enough snow to shovel and plow is in store from parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey to much of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Not only will the storm make roads and sidewalks slippery, raising the risk for slip-and-fall incidents and auto accidents, but it is likely to cause many flight delays and cancellations. The visibility will be poor, runways will become snow covered and aircraft will need to be de-iced.

Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. The area encompasses about 110 million people.

The storm will spread across the Midwest late Friday into Friday night and over the Northeast Saturday and Saturday night.

A mixture of snow, sleet and rain will mitigate accumulations across central Missouri and eastward along the Ohio River. However, enough wintry mix will fall to make roads slippery.

Long stretches of along the I-70, I-75, I-80 and I-90 corridors may be snow covered in the Midwest.

A quick change to plain rain is likely from Roanoke, Va., to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore with little or no accumulation to up to an inch or so. Some roads may be slippery.

However, farther northeast along the I-95 corridor, the change to rain following snow and/or a wintry mix will take longer, leading to several inches accumulation and more widespread slippery travel.

Snow and a wintry mix are likely to impact play during the Army-Navy Classic Saturday afternoon and evening at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This wintry game will occur just less than a week after heavy snow fell during the Eagles-Lions game. Snow buried the field and had players sliding and shoveling snow with their feet during last Sunday's game.

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Farther north over the Midwest and into western and northern Pennsylvania to western New York, where the cold air hangs on longer or lingers through the duration of the storm, heavy snow will fall with some communities receiving 6 inches of snow. Roads will be slushy to snow covered over much of the I-80, I-81, I-87, I-88, I-90 and I-95 corridors.

A general swath of 6- to 12-inch snowfall is likely to reach from part of central Pennsylvania through the Pocono and Catskill mountains and into much of the Hudson Valley of New York, northern Connecticut, central and western Massachusetts,Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Locally higher amounts to 18 inches are possible in central New England.

In much of New England, the storm will linger into Sunday with ongoing travel disruptions. While flurries will occur over the central and southern Appalachians and downwind of the Great Lakes over the Midwest, the storm will be over across the Ohio Valley and coastal mid-Atlantic, and travel conditions will improve.

Areas made wet and slushy from melting during the day Sunday will freeze Sunday night, producing patches of black ice.

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let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,,,,,,i love liveing in tucson,,,LOL !!!

December 14 2013 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with bill. I've seen a foot of fluries :-)

December 14 2013 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i making yogurt today.. nice day to clean the house since i work all week. only problem is shoveling....

December 14 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Snow in Chicago, Upstate NY, Michigan, and New England, in the Winter??? Wow, that really is news!

December 14 2013 at 10:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Carlos F. Gonzalez

Wait a minute ! The Title of the article says "East Coast braces for major snowstorm this weekend". That is totally incorrect. Why ? I live on the eastcoast of the US (PALM BEACH, FLORIDA). We are not expecting any snow in this area. As a matter of fact, the forecast for the week-end looks great, not too hot, with a light breeze from the ocean and very sunny. Ha ! Ha ! WOULDN'T TRADE SOUTH FLORIDA LIVING FOR ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD. Good Luck !!!!

December 14 2013 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Carlos F. Gonzalez's comment

Really? A snowstorm in Chicago in December.. This is news? If they had NO snow in December.. THAT might be news!!!

December 14 2013 at 9:50 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Crouse

The "storm" of Obamacare will make this look like a warm spring day. WAKE UP AMERICA!! Don't be sheep, fight this tyranny for the sake of your children and grandchildren. Stand up to this slaughter of your health and freedom. This is NOT about health care, it never has been. It's about power for Obama and his minions.

December 14 2013 at 9:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Do take care everyone who will be getting the snow storm this week end. IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO OUT THEN STAY OFF THE ROADS.
I lived in Alaska three years 12 inches of snow for there is nothing but for the lower forty eight states it is a lot. Many people who have moved to our country never had snow, so they will be having a very hard time driving if they must go out. Again, folks do be safe wishing all a very Merry Christmas :))

December 14 2013 at 9:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Snow is snow, Rain is rain, Heat is heat,,,,,,deal with it people cause its weather as it always does in the seasons that its doing it. Been that way for decades and decades. The only thing thats changed about the weather or stroms. Is that TV news and weather channels can repoort on it when and where its happening and exagerate the impact.

December 14 2013 at 9:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

When I was a kid, 6-12 was a tease.!!

December 14 2013 at 9:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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