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Snowstorm Targets 70 Million in Northeast

Snow up to a foot in some areas, coldest temps in years
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014


Two storms will merge quickly enough to produce a major snowstorm from the upper part of the mid-Atlantic to southern New England Thursday into Friday.

The storm will affect more than 70 million people in the Midwest and the Northeast combined and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities.

It will be far from the worst storm to ever hit the area, but people should be prepared for flight delays and cancellations because of direct and indirect impacts from the far-reaching storm.

AccuWeather.com Chief Operating Officer Evan Myers said, "The storms will not organize fast enough to make the perfect storm, but it will cause a significant amount of snow to fall over a large area."

Deicing operations will put some airlines behind schedule. Aircraft and crews may not be where they are supposed to be, even if the weather is clear.

As colder air invades the storm, snow will stick to the roads and make for slippery conditions.

The worst of the storm is likely to be Thursday night but will cause enough snow to make roads slippery as early as Thursday in some locations.



The storm is forecast to bring a large area of 6- to 12-inch snowfall from northeastern Pennsylvania to a large part of New Jersey and southeastern New York state to southern New England. This includes the entire metropolitan area of New York City and Long Island, northward to Albany, N.Y., and Scranton, Pa. Over a foot of snow will fall in localized areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and the cities of Providence, R.I., and Boston.

Within the heaviest snow area, the snow will fall at the rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour in some locations, making it difficult for plows to keep up.

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A significant, but lesser snowfall is in store farther southwest in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and farther north in Portland, Maine, Burlington, Vt., and Pittsburgh.

For many areas this will be a dry, powdery snow. However, along the mid-Atlantic coast and even southern New England coast for a brief time, a wintery mix will occur early. However, as colder air invades the storm, the all snow will fall and the snow will become powdery as well.

The storm will strengthen quickly enough to kick up winds. Blowing and drifting snow will occur during the middle and last part of the storm from Pennsylvania to New England. In parts of New England a full-blown blizzard may evolve.

The wind will cause waves to build along the New England and the mid-Atlantic coast. Where these winds are onshore longest, over eastern New England and along the north shore of Long Island, flooding at times of high tide is likely, along with beach erosion. The new moon on New Year's Day will contribute to higher tide levels during part of the storm.

The coldest air of the season so far will empty out of eastern Canada on gusty winds in the wake of the storm. For some locations it will bring the coldest weather in several years.

Areas from New England to much of the mid-Atlantic will be very cold Friday into Saturday, while travel conditions will improve.

According to Long Range Weather Expert Jack Boston, "If New York's Central Park fails to reach 20 degrees for a high temperature on Friday, it will be the first time this has occurred since Jan. 16, 2009."

In the South, the colder air will be accompanied by a biting wind as well.

The southern part of the two storms is set to join up in the Northeast and will bring drenching rain to parts of the South and along the lower mid-Atlantic coast for a time Thursday.

The second of the two storms slated to join forces will spread a swath of accumulating snow eastward from Iowa and Illinois to Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and part of lower Michigan and southern Wisconsin Tuesday into New Year's Day.

Another storm may eye the Northeast with snow, a wintry mix and rain Sunday night and Monday as 2014 kicks winter up to a whole new level of intensity. Very cold air could also make a far-reaching appearance from the Midwest to the Northeast next week.

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smitty912

al gore thinks earth is warming up his ex heard satanic chants playing rock and roll backwards go figure

January 04 2014 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
silverbar56

omg!!! winter just started, and the media is making this storm seem like it's the end of the world..I hope the don't carry on like this for the rest of the winter. lol.

January 02 2014 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roberts Mfg. Co.

Poop

January 02 2014 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
powermetal2000

Gasp! A winter storm in winter? I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.......'sarcasm'

Plus, I see the media is naming winter storms again. What's next? Rainstorm Rita? Thunderstorm Thelma? Torrential Downpour Theresa? Heat Wave Hank?

January 02 2014 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
egw3614

You news people crack me up!! Now we have names for snowstorms?? Really??? I live in Erie, Pa and as of this post we are now #1 in snowfall..in the country...... Know that wont last Thank god . But my point is 6-12 inches of snow? For all of us that live here along the Great Lakes all this is more of a nuisance then makin a big whoopty Doo out of it... ITS called Winter!! It happens. Happy new Year! its not big time news..

January 02 2014 at 2:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
catbell7

here in south MS--3-4 inches stops everything--cop cars do not have rubber chains or chains of any type--even stopped the trains when it happened some years ago when I lived here before

January 02 2014 at 2:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nawseeya

What do you who have parrots do if the electricity goes out? serious question. and no fireplace.

January 02 2014 at 2:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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ventless natural gas or propane heaters

January 02 2014 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maplecorners69

no heat, good bye they will dye

January 02 2014 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rflem173

Awaiting 3-6 inches of snow. What happened to the global warming ? Follow the money. Follow the money. Didnt Al Gore get Rich selling that Bull sh**? sheeple. Glad to see the young people not buying into the new ponzi scheme obamacare.

January 02 2014 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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thewaymouth

'Climate Change Will Be 'Catastrophic' by 2100, Raising Sea Levels By 'Many Meters,' According To New Study' (International Science Times, 2013-12-31)

'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' - Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Yew, eediot!

January 02 2014 at 1:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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powermetal2000

Would you like a grass to graze on, mr sheep?

January 02 2014 at 3:09 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
Cheryle

Get used to it, it 's winter

January 02 2014 at 12:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
threedawgknights

Snow, up to a foot isn't no big deal. I think its just a big conspiracy for Teachers to get another day off with pay, and paid advertisement by milk and bread company's to sell out at the stores.

January 02 2014 at 12:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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proteus12544

LOL You know you may be on to something there. I never understood the running around buying up bread and milk. I doubt any storm would keep you from getting to the store after a few days. I grew up in Philadelphia and this would happen even though there was a store on every corner and they would be open after the first day. And I now live in Vermont where they know how to deal with snow. So not a lot of bread and milk hoarding going on here. Mostly because things rarely stop or close due to the snow. The roads are kept clear and they have actual plow trucks they don't have to slap plows on the trash trucks. Took a few years to not panic about the winter but I don't miss fist fighting over a squished loaf of bread lol

January 02 2014 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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