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By AccuWeather

A quick shot of cold air will lead the first widespread ice and snow event of the season across the northeastern U.S. into Tuesday night.

The storm that unleashed severe weather, ice and blizzard conditions across the south-central United States this past weekend will impact the Northeast into Tuesday night.

Fresh cold air will set the stage for more widespread snow and ice to fall than with recent storms in the Northeast from New York state and New England northward to Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

“The worst travel conditions in the Northeast will continue through Tuesday morning across northern and eastern New York and New England,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. “Roads that are not treated will become treacherous and people may not be aware of the hazardous situation.”

Continue reading at AccuWeather: First winter storm of season brings ice, snow to northeastern US in final days of 2015

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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

A storm system responsible for severe weather across the Plains over the past week will advance across the Northeast on Monday with areas of drenching rain and locally severe storms.

Steady rain will impact New England through Monday night ahead of a warm front and cold front combination. Thunderstorms will also develop across portions of the region on Monday afternoon, some of which could become severe.

According to Accuweather.com meteorologist Ben Noll, “A flood risk exists from eastern Pennsylvania into New Jersey and southern New England, including New York City.”

“Heavy rains can lead to ponding of water on roadways and flooding on streets and in areas of poor drainage,” he added.

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After ice glazed places to the south, disruptive snow will continue to expand across southern New England on Tuesday.

The snowstorm was the biggest so far this winter for many communities from Missouri to Virginia, including in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia.

The live blog for this snowstorm gives frequent updates to the travel impacts and snow reports.

The snow will continue its journey over southern New England on Tuesday before tacking out to sea by Tuesday night. Snow will diminish in the coastal mid-Atlantic, while ice and rain come to an end farther south on the Atlantic Seaboard at midday.

Snow can be expected to linger in Dover, Delaware, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and New York City through the morning hours while snow ramps up around Boston and over Cape Cod.

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The snowstorm will bring significant disruptions to travelers and commuters, both on the ground and in the air.

Airline passengers should prepare for flight delays and cancellations, while residents will be faced with disruptions to daily routines. Even as the snow diminishes, officials may be forced to delay or cancel school in the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday.

“Motorists [in the mid-Atlantic’s I-95 corridor] should give themselves extra time for their morning commute Tuesday as they head back to work following the holiday weekend,” AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Allison Hoegg said.

The coverage and intensity of the snow in New England will depend on how close the winter storm tracks to the Northeast coast. Current projections keep the storm’s track far enough offshore for only 3-6 inches of snow to graze southeastern New England with snowfall totals in excess of an inch bypassing most of Maine.

Despite missing the worst of the snowstorm, any additional snow is the last thing snow-weary residents of New England want to see.

The snow will bring yet another round of travel disruptions and complicating plans for where to put all the snow being cleared from roads and sidewalks. Snowfall totals that approach 6 inches could be the breaking point for roofs that are already overloaded with snow.

Tuesday’s snow should also push this winter into second place on the list of snowiest winters for Boston, bypassing the winter of 1993-94 and its 96.3 inches. A total of 95.7 inches has fallen so far in the wake of the weekend blizzard. At the top of the list is the 107.6 inches from the winter of 1995-96.

While escaping most of the snow from this current storm, northern New England will likely be the target of the next round of disruptive snow at midweek as the next shot of brutally cold air descends across the eastern United States.

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A storm passing through the Northeast this Valentine’s Day weekend is riding a tidal wave of frigid air and will deliver blizzard conditions to New England before departing late on Sunday.

The worst of the storm will target eastern New England into late on Sunday with wind-driven snow before tracking to the north on Sunday night.

Areas far removed from the center of the storm in the mid-Atlantic can experience life-threatening cold, the risk of power outages from high winds, the possibility of road closures and an increasing number of flight cancellations.

As the storm continues to strengthen off the coast of New England, it will deliver blizzard conditions from eastern Massachusetts to southeastern New Hampshire, coastal Maine, southwestern Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick to close out the weekend.

The snowfall accumulation will ramp up from west to east across New England with the highest totals accumulating in eastern Maine and western Nova Scotia.

Parts of the eastern New England coast to Atlantic Canada will receive a foot (30 centimeters) or more of snow from the storm.

However, winds and plummeting temperatures caused by the strengthening storm will make for dangerous conditions to be outdoors throughout the Northeast.

Winds may gust past 60 mph in New England and past 50 mph in parts of the mid-Atlantic. As a result, power outages, downed tree limbs and minor property damage may not be limited to New England. Some people could be left in the dark and cold in part of the mid-Atlantic.

There is a likelihood of additional flight cancellations from Boston to New York City and perhaps as far south as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on Sunday due to persistent wind gusts. Be sure to call ahead before making the trip to the airport.

Early in the day Sunday, the snow forced the temporary closure of Boston Logan Airport. It also resulted in the suspension of all Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority services Sunday.

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High winds, plunging temperatures and blinding snow will lead to dangerous travel in New England during the latter part of the weekend. Motorists will run the risk of getting stuck due to diminishing visibility, snow-covered roads and extensive blowing and drifting.

“Motorists that get stuck in the storm in New England will face lift-threatening conditions with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plunging well below zero,” AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.

A period of coastal flooding and battering waves can also occur through Sunday afternoon from the bay side of Cape Cod to Newbury, Massachusetts.

Dry conditions are expected to return for Monday, but a quick-moving storm may graze New England on Tuesday, bringing the next chance for a few inches of snow to accumulate.

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By Brian Lada – AccuWeather

An all-out blizzard continues to slam Long Island and New England into Tuesday, bringing many communities to a standstill.

Flight cancellations are mounting and travel bans and state of emergencies have been issued due to the blizzard that will halt travel, cut power and endanger anyone who ventures out into the storm.

For the latest information on travel bans, flight cancellations and other impacts, continue to follow AccuWeather.com’s live blog for updated reports throughout the storm.

Greatest Hazards for the Blizzard of 20151. Travel will be brought to a standstill from New York City area to Boston to Portland, Maine2. Motorists run the risk of becoming stranded3. High chance of airports closing4. Snow totals in excess of 2 feet expected from southern New Hampshire to central Long Island

5. While snow will persist in New York City and Boston, conditions will rapidly deteriorate from Portland to Bangor, Maine, to Saint John, Canada, Tuesday.

6. Snow drifts as high as 10 feet; roofs may collapse

7. Lengthy power outages

8. Wind gusts near hurricane force on Cape Cod early Tuesday morning

9. Coastal flooding from New Jersey northward

10. Power outages, snow-packed roads and school closures may last for days after the blizzard

This system rapidly strengthened from an Alberta Clipper into a major snowstorm on Monday before evolving into a blizzard across southern New England on Monday night.

The heavily populated zone of southeastern New England, will be brought to a standstill with impacts lingering well after the blizzard departs.

Snowfall Totals

This could turn out to be the biggest storm of the winter for many areas in the Northeast and could rank among the greatest snowstorms in some communities.

In Worcester, Massachusetts, the greatest snowstorm on record is 33 inches set during the late March and early April storm in 1997. As of 8:00 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Worcester had tied their fourth largest snowstorm of 25 inches set during February of 1893. During February of 2013, Worcester received 28.7 inches.

Snow totals will reach or exceed 2 feet across a large part of Long Island and southern and eastern New England. This includes Manchester, New Hampshire; the Boston area, Worcester, Massachusetts; Willimantic and Groton, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Islip, New York.

During the height of the storm, snowfall rates could reach 4 inches per hour. It is during these extremely heavy snow bands that thunder could be heard.

This map shows the amount of snow forecast to fall from Tuesday into Wednesday. This does not include snow that fell over the area Monday and Monday night.

Strong winds howling during the storm will cause severe blowing and drifting of the snow. Drifts on eastern Long Island and from Connecticut to southeastern Maine can average 5 to 8 feet. Drifts could even approach 10 feet from Providence to Boston. Roofs may fail under the weight of such drifts.

People using shovels to clear the snow should take their time and take frequent breaks while shoveling to reduce the risk of heart-related injuries and fatalities.

Greatest Impacts

Impacts from the powerful storm will be felt all across the Northeast and into portions of Canada, but the worst of the storm is expected to focus on the area from central Long Island to Boston and Portland, Maine.

The blizzard will unload heavy snow and winds howling past 35 mph. The combination of the snow and wind will dramatically lower visibility down to zero. Winds in southeastern Massachusetts can occasionally gust up to near hurricane force during the worst of the storm Tuesday morning.

Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate across the area as the heavy and wind-swept snow moves in. As the storm worsens and reaches its peak, travel will be halted.

Motorists traveling at the height of the storm run the risk of becoming stranded as roads rapidly become clogged and snow-packed and the dangerously low visibility.

“Anyone stranded will face life-threatening conditions unless they have an emergency survival kit. Rescuers may not be able to reach them,” stated AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

“Surface transit may be suspended as well,” Abrams added.

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Thousand of flights have been cancelled in the Northeast corridor alone.

Travel delays associated with this storm will not be limited to the Northeast. Ripple-effect delays are possible elsewhere in the nation if airplanes and crews are displaced due to the storm.

Lengthy power outages may result due to the strong winds, especially in southeastern New England. The winds could also down large tree limbs, which would pose additional hazards to those attempting to navigate snow-covered roads and sidewalks.

These strong winds blowing off the ocean have and will continue to cause coastal flooding and beach erosion from New Jersey northward with the worst flooding into Tuesday evening.

“Luckily for area residents, Monday marks the first quarter of the solar cycle (half the moon is visible). This means that the difference between high and low tide will be minimal,” stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

“Also, Jan. 21 was Perigee when the moon was closest to the Earth. If the storm had come five days earlier, the high tide would have been higher by a good margin. The combination of these factors will work against the storm somewhat to limit coastal flooding.”

Conditions will improve by Wednesday as the blizzard departs, allowing crews to begin the cleanup process in the wake of the storm.

Even after the worst of the storm has passed, it could take days for power to be restored, air traffic to return to normal, roads to be fully geared and schools to get back in session.

“Lingering midwinter cold and additional rounds of snow will add to difficulties for cleanup and those without power after the Blizzard of 2015,” stated AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The economical impact of the blizzard will also be fully assessed after the fact. While companies could suffer losses, the blizzard could actually benefit others.

For example, companies will be faced with extra expenses due to transit being shut down, power outages and goods not being able to be transferred. On the other hand, the blizzard will eventually be a boost for the ski industry and stores that sell generators or other storm-related supplies.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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By Brian Lada – AccuWeather

A major winter storm will unfold across the Northeast early this week, eventually becoming an all-out blizzard over parts of New England and the New York City area.

Those in the Northeast should prepare for the storm now rather than wait until the snow starts to fall, especially for those across eastern New England.

“While the storm from Saturday may have been a mere nuisance to travelers and a delight to skiers, the storm Monday night into Tuesday could be far more disruptive in terms of travel and daily activities,” said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The greatest impacts are expected along the Interstate-95 corridor from Philadelphia northward where over a foot of snow is forecast to fall. The blizzard also threatens to bring the heavily populated zone from New York City to Boston to Portland, Maine, to a standstill.

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Arrival of the Snow

Before intensifying into a major winter storm, this system will spread disruptive snow across the lower Midwest and into the mid-Atlantic through Sunday evening.

Travel disruptions due to the snow should be anticipated as early as the Monday morning commute around Philadelphia and New York City, but the worse will come Monday night through Tuesday.

The snow is expected to expand and intensify across New England throughout Monday and Monday night, pushing into Canada during the day on Tuesday.

“The worst conditions in eastern New England can be expected late Monday night through Tuesday morning,” said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Ben Noll.

Noll continued by saying that blizzard conditions will occur during this time.

Fortunately for those planning to attend the send-off rally for the New England Patriots on Monday in Boston, the blizzard should hold off until after the rally comes to an end.

Snowfall Totals

This could turn out to be the biggest storm of the winter for many areas in the Northeast.

Over a foot of snow is forecast to fall in New York City and Albany, New York; Hartford, New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Worcester, Springfield and New Bedford, Massachusetts; Manchester, Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Portland, Augusta and Bangor, Maine.

There is the potential for some areas in Long Island and New England to receive over 2 feet of snow before the storm’s departure.

Blizzard conditions are expected to develop for a time in New York City, Long Island and over New England on Monday night and through Tuesday as heavy snow greatly reduces visibility and winds howl past 35 mph. Wind gusts on Cape Cod can occasionally gust up to 70 mph during the worst of the storm.

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These strong winds blowing off the ocean can cause coastal flooding with the worst flooding occurring from late on Monday night into Tuesday evening.

“How quickly the storm ramps up will determine the western extent of snow, strength of the wind and blowing and drifting snow,” said Sosnowski.

Residents across the region who rely on snow blowers for snow removal should make sure that they are ready to move the plethora of snow that this powerful storm drops.

People using shovels to clear the snow should take their time and take frequent breaks while shoveling to reduce the risk of heart-related injuries and fatalities.

Greatest Impacts

Impacts from the powerful storm will be felt all across the Northeast and into portions of Canada, but the worst of the storm is expected to focus on eastern New England.

Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate across the area as the heavy snow moves in, making travel near impossible for a time.

During the peak of the storm, travel may turn into a standstill as officials may be forced to close roads and flight cancellations mount at the airport. Travelers are strongly urged to consider altering plans ahead of the storm.

If you must drive during the storm, you should take supplies with you, such as water, food and blankets, in the event that you become stuck on the road in the snow.

Travel delays associated with this storm will not be limited to the Northeast.

Ripple-effect delays are possible elsewhere in the nation if airplanes and crews are displaced due to the storm.

Even after the worst of the storm has passed, roadways may still be difficult to navigate as it can take crews days to clear some roads of snow.

Power outages can also occur due to the strong winds and heavy snow expected closer to the coast.

Snow-covered roads can make power outages last for long periods of time as it will take utility vehicles longer to reach the source of the outage and correct the problem.

Conditions will improve by Wednesday, allowing crews to begin the clean-up process in the wake of the storm.

Snow-free conditions should not be expected to last for too long; however, as a quick-moving clipper could deliver some fresh powder to the Northeast as early as Thursday.

More continued coverage at AccuWeather: Tuesday Blizzard to Bring NYC, Boston to a Standstill

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The wintry mess that started the weekend in Texas will expand across the lower Midwest states and the Northeast through Monday, disrupting travel along the way.

A pair of storm systems tracking through the eastern half of the United States will be responsible for a swath of snow from the lower Great Lakes to New England, rain in the South with a wintry mix in between.

While the storms will fail to combine and yield a major winter storm, enough snow and ice will still fall to turn untreated roads and sidewalks slippery and cause flight delays.

The snow and icy mix will be rather expansive Monday morning, meaning millions of people will face disruptions to their commute or school delays/cancellations.

On the cold side of the storminess, snow will break out from the lower Great Lakes through New England throughout the day on Monday.

The greatest potential for the snow to top three inches lies from northern Ohio to western New York, including Cleveland and Buffalo. Some communities in this zone were just buried by lake-effect snow earlier in the weekend.

A general 1 to 3 inches is expected elsewhere. Motorists should not let their guard down as slick travel could still unfold in and around Cleveland; Detroit; Syracuse and Binghamton, New York; and Portland, Maine.

In between the snow and the rain also moving through the South in a west-to-east fashion, ice or an icy mix is a concern from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio, to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Poughkeepsie, New York.

A brief period of ice will also threaten travelers in southern New England, especially west of I-95.

“In places where it has been very cold over the last few days, the ground may still be cold enough to allow any rain that falls to freeze on contact,” stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Steve Travis.

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Such icy conditions will develop along I-95 from New York City to Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and in northwestern Virginia Monday morning before a changeover to rain occurs.

However, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Thompson states that motorists should still use caution as temperatures crawl above freezing.

“Even when temperatures rise above freezing to 33 or 34 F, some surfaces may still be icy given how cold it has been over the past several days,” warned AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

Fresh arctic air will pour across the Northeast Monday night as the majority of the wintry mess pushes offshore.

As temperature plunge, any wet or slushy areas could turn slick Monday night. This threat is greatest in the upper Ohio River to the Hudson Valley.

The cold air will continue to work southward through midweek, potentially setting the stage for ice to unfold in southern Virginia and North Carolina.

Later in the week is when the brutal cold in the East and Midwest should finally ease for a time.

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