Though not a repeat of the Christmas Weekend Blizzard, disruptive snow will return to part of the Northeast's Interstate 95 corridor on Friday.
The disruptive snow event will begin to spread over much of the Great Lakes Thursday, the Ohio Valley Thursday evening and the mid-Atlantic later Thursday night.
The snow will then spread northeastward into southern New England through Friday night, becoming heavier in the process.
"While not the powerhouse blizzard of Christmas weekend, it will produce a broad area of 1- to 3-inch snowfall, but also a narrow band of heavy snow with six inches or more," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
The danger is this band of heavy snow will form in place and cannot be tracked in advance. As a result, it could set up 100 miles farther north into more of New England or farther south into more of the mid-Atlantic region.
People over a large part of the Northeast should prepare for disruptions to travel and daily routines on Friday.
Philadelphia is mostly likely in line for 1 to 3 inches of snow, but snowfall amounts are likely to exceed 6 inches from Oneonta, N.Y., to Danbury, Conn., to central Long Island.
New York City and Hartford, Conn., can expect 3 to 6 inches of snow, but heavier amounts may be in the nearby suburbs.
Regardless of whether 2 or 6 inches of snow falls, many motorists will be faced with slow travel due to snow-covered and slick roadways.
The snow will negatively impact flights and could cause postponements of some school-related activities.
The storm delivering the snow to Philadelphia and New York City on Friday may eventually take aim at Atlantic Canada this weekend as a much stronger system with wind-whipped snow.
Prior to impacting the Northeast's Interstate 95 corridor, a weaker stage of the storm will spread light snow over the northern Plains and Midwest now into Thursday.
Places where the snow could accumulate several inches and create more disruptions into Thursday are along the spine of the Appalachians and downwind of the Great Lakes.
Sosnowski stated, "For portions of central and northern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York, which were missed by lake-effect [snow] and snowstorms so far this season, this will be the most significant general snowfall for the region thus far with the potential for a few inches."
Sosnowski is referring to places like Corning-Elmira, N.Y., and State College and Reading, Pa. which have dodged much of the snow this season.
According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, "The Alberta Clipper responsible for the general snowfall is swinging through as the atmosphere is becoming very unstable."
"The setup could evolve into a norlun trough, which is notorious for producing a narrow band of heavy snow, Mancuso added."
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