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    Snow Aims for New England Early in the Week

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    December 21, 2010, 2:30:33 AM EST

    Moderate to heavy snow will aim for New England early in the upcoming week, leading to dangerous travel for early holiday travelers but also promising a white Christmas for many.

    A snowstorm that has missed the mid-Atlantic as it moved hundreds of miles offshore of the East Coast will take a westward turn early in the week, backing up toward New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

    On Monday, snow will be falling in eastern New England, from Boston to Portland and Bangor, Maine. Some light snow will also keep brushing eastern Long Island.

    The heaviest snow to fall from the storm will be over northern and western Maine and portions of New Brunswick and extreme southeastern Quebec, Canada. Up to a foot of snow may fall in this zone, especially over mountainous terrain.

    Caribou, Maine, will lie in the area expected to receive heavy snow.


    Portland and Bangor, Maine, and the mountains east of Burlington, Vt., are also in line for moderate to heavy snow with totals of 3-6 inches.

    The snow will continue to reach southward into Boston, Hartford, Ct., and Providence, R.I., on Tuesday.

    While accumulations in southeastern New England will not be very heavy, around 1-3 inches will be enough to create slippery or slushy roadways.

    The storm system may end up taking a meandering path, looping around, and allowing snow to fall over portions of New England, including in Boston, through midweek.

    Gusty winds of 20-40 mph with even higher gusts in the mountains will add to the treacherous travel conditions across the region due to some blowing snow. Visibility could fall below a quarter of a mile at times.


    The snow will not only lead to slippery and dangerous travel on the ground, but there could be major delays at some of the airports in New England. Hundreds of early holiday travelers could end up stranded.

    "Some snow showers may sneak as far south as New York City on Tuesday night," according to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

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    Cold winds blowing across the Great Lakes will also trigger some lake-effect snow showers behind the storm.

    Meanwhile, some of the snow may also melt during the daytime in southeastern New England through the middle of the week, where afternoon highs hover above freezing. With temperatures plummeting into the 20s overnight, wet spots on roadways may refreeze, leading to dangerous patches of black ice.

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