Northeast Pennsylvania: Blizzard to Brush the Area

By , Senior Meteorologist
January 1, 2014; 1:25 PM ET
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A storm with snow and increasing wind is taking aim on northeastern Pennsylvania Thursday night and will be followed by the coldest weather in years. A blizzard will affect areas from New York City to Boston late Thursday night into Friday morning.

Enough snow to shovel and plow is forecast in the valley cities and to ski on in the Poconos.

The greatest amount of snow is forecast along the New York border, where 6 to 10 inches and locally higher amounts are forecast to fall. Lesser amounts are forecast farther to the southwest, trending downward to around 3 inches in the Susquehanna Valley.

The worst conditions are likely during the middle of Thursday night, when the snow will be the heaviest, and increasing winds and colder air will cause the snow to blow and drift. Falling temperatures will cause wet and slushy areas to freeze Thursday night. Expect roads to become icy and snow-covered. Flight delays at Avoca and other airports around the region are likely.

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The coldest air of the season so far will empty out of Canada Friday with temperatures likely to be no higher than the single digits in many areas. RealFeel® temperatures will be below zero.

The weather Friday into Saturday morning will be the coldest since January of 2009.

After a brief spell of milder weather Sunday into early Monday, another blast of cold air will sweep in Monday midday and afternoon. Temperatures will plunge into the teens and wet and slushy areas will freeze.

Tune in to AccuWeather Live Mornings every weekday at 7 a.m. EST. We will be talking about the snowstorm in the Northeast and Midwest, along with the brutal cold.


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