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    Blizzard in the Plains; What About the Northeast?

    February 20, 2013; 10:22 AM ET

    Wednesday 11 a.m.

    A storm crossing the Plains will deliver much needed moisture in the form of a less-needed blizzard. As the storm heads toward the Great Lakes, it will weaken, but how much and how quickly are issues making the forecast a challenge. Our forecasts this morning were going with the idea of 3-6 inches around Chicago (with a sentiment leaning more toward 3 than 6) and half of that in Michigan. Some of the energy from the storm system will cross the Gulf states, causing some heavy rain. That energy may help fuel a new storm the would form off the Middle Atlantic coast then blossom into another New England snowstorm late Saturday or Sunday. With so much unresolved about this, we may see record-breaking speculation. Please check out this video, which uses last night's European model to show a plausible set of outcomes.

    Here is our draft snowfall map as of late morning Wednesday.

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