High Winds Howling in the Northeast, Disrupting Travel

February 25, 2012; 6:01 AM ET
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High winds howling to 60 mph across the Northeast into this evening will likely result in additional travel delays.

A snowstorm departing into the Maritime provinces of Canada is being followed by very high winds pushing in colder air.

Howling winds will continue to blast the eastern Great Lakes through early this evening, with the highest winds will blasting New England the first half of tonight.

The strong winds will likely cause additional flight delays, including for the major airports like Philadelphia, Newark, La Guardia, JFK and Boston-Logan International Airports.

The high winds and snow squalls have already contributed to a massive pile-up along Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania.

Below is a list of peak wind gusts through Saturday afternoon:

Allentown, Pa.: 46 MPH

Lancaster, Pa.: 51 MPH

New York (La Guardia), N.Y.: 47 MPH

BWI Airport: 48 MPH

Boston, Mass.: 54 MPH

Worchester, Mass.: 58 MPH

Rchester, N.Y.: 52 MPH

Altoona, Pa.: 45 MPH

Travel for high-profile vehicles, such as campers and semi-trucks, will also be dangerous in the highest crosswinds.

"Some tree branches and a few power lines could be downed," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "Trash cans left out will be blown around."

Besides causing travel headaches and some localized damage, the high winds will contribute to AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures that are 10-15 degrees lower than actual temperatures. This may be shocking following a mild Friday across the southern mid-Atlantic, with highs reaching the 50s, 60s and even 70s.

Lake-Effect Snow for Great Lakes, Interior Northeast

The colder air rushing across the still mild and mostly unfrozen Great Lakes will trigger lake-effect snow showers for typical snowbelts downwind of the lakes through tonight.

The heaviest bands will continue to set up downwind of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York state through this evening. Heavy bands of snow will continue downwind of Lake Ontario across New York state as well.

SEE ALSO: Lake-Effect Snow Thump for Great Lakes, Norheast

Motorists in Erie, Pa., and Syracuse, N.Y., should be prepared for sudden bursts of snow that reduce the visibility and create slippery roads.

Quick bursts of snow will also whiten the Appalachians all the way southward into the mountains of North Carolina.

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