Rain, Snow Threaten Holiday Travel in Northeast

December 17, 2011; 12:08 PM ET
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Episodes of rain and some snow in the Northeast will cause headaches for holiday travelers next week.

No weather-related travel delays are anticipated across the Northeast for very early travelers on Monday.

However, a fresh push of cold air will allow rain and snow showers to spread across the interior Northeast on Monday night. The snow will generally be limited to the higher elevations from northern and western New York state through the White Mountains of western Maine. Accumulations will generally be light, but there could be some slick spots on roads across the interior Northeast early Tuesday as the chilly air settles.

Another storm that will first spread snow across the Southwest mountains and portions of the Plains will approach the East late Tuesday into Wednesday. Rain will expand across much of the Northeast, including the major I-95 cities from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to New York City and Boston with a lack of fresh cold air.

While accumulating snow is not likely to fall in the big cities of the Northeast, flight delays could still occur due to low clouds and rain.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski has more details on the midweek snowstorm and rain in the Northeast.

Meanwhile, motorists who will travel along I-76, I-80, I-81, I-90 and I-95 may run into poor visibility from rain and spray from other vehicles on Wednesday.

"If rain changes over to snow in the central Appalachians at midweek, a secondary storm would have to take shape off the East coast," according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The best chance for snow will be on the far northern tier, from the higher ground of northern New York to northern New England, where enough cold air will be in place at the beginning of the storm. Heavy accumulations are not out of the question, and it is likely that there may be a white Christmas for the far northern mountains of New England.

"It will begin as snow across northern New York state and northern New England before changing over to rain. Then the storm may end as some snow or snow showers," said Sosnowski.

For more details on the national travel outlook next week, click here.

"Rain showers and even some snow showers will occur across the Great Lakes and Northeast, but no major storms will occur," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity about the rest of the period leading up to Christmas.

The next round of rain and snow showers across the East will arrive late in the week into Saturday, Christmas Eve. Once again, snow will be limited around the Great Lakes and high ground of the northern tier with nothing more than stale, chilly air in the big cities.

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