Appalachians Snow, I-95 Showers

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
February 27, 2013; 9:40 PM ET
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Backwash from the storm responsible for the southern Plains blizzard will deposit rounds of snow from the central Appalachians to New Brunswick through Friday.

Rain fell over much of southern and central New England and in part of eastern New York state Wednesday. However, farther north and up in elevation in central areas, a wintry mix to heavy snow fell on ski country Wednesday afternoon.

The snow fell at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour in some locations and be accompanied by a stiff breeze, making for a quick plastering effect and low visibility.

The snowiest spots up north will receive a half a foot to a foot of snow through Thursday with slippery and difficult travel.

Colder air will filter in at mid-levels of the atmosphere Thursday into Friday, while moisture lingers over the region.

At the same time, a few pockets of dry air will be drawn in creating a mosaic pattern of snow and just cloudy skies. Rain showers will still occur over southern New England Thursday. However, any precipitation in that area Friday would fall in the form of snow or a rain/snow mix.

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The colder air and precipitation pattern will translate areas of non-accumulating flurries and pockets of accumulating snow. Within these few bands of snow, there could be a few inches.

While most roads will be wet in the Appalachians during the middle of the day where the snow was falling, conditions in some spots can deteriorate quickly toward evening. Delays to travel and other activities linger into Thursday's morning hours as a result. In a few spots, where it snows very hard, roads can be slippery even during the middle of the day Thursday.

In the coastal mid-Atlantic, spotty rain showers are in store through Thursday. As the temperature falls a bit at night, the rain showers can transition to snow showers. However, no significant accumulation is expected.

Progressively colder weather will settle over the region this weekend into early next week, but storms will stay away.

However, AccuWeather.com Meteorologists are watching a potential storm for the middle of next week with great interest on the East Coast.

If this storm were to develop to its full potential and track far enough north, part of or possibly all of the storm would occur in the from of snow in the mid-Atlantic and perhaps part of New England.

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