Southern Ontario, Buffalo: Snowstorm, Slippery Travel

By , Senior Meteorologist
February 8, 2013; 9:11 PM ET
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A storm from western Canada will continue its legacy of heavy snow over southern Ontario and upstate New York into Friday night.

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Falling temperatures and a bit of snow, following rain and a wintry mix, in Toledo and Cleveland will be a concern for travelers Friday evening.

An all-out snowstorm was affecting much of southern Ontario. A heavy burst of snow continue to push eastward across western and central New York state early Friday evening. Some locations were received snow at the rate of 2 inches per hour.

Little or no snow is forecast farther south over much of the Ohio Valley. Temperatures there will be too warm or dry air will sweep in, cutting off the precipitation. However, a few slippery spots could develop Friday evening where any existing wet areas freeze up.

Enough snow, a wintry mix and/or falling temperatures in western Pennsylvania to West Virginia will create slippery travel Friday afternoon and evening.

The latest snow map is available on the Winter Weather Center.

The storm produced light to moderate snow over part of North Dakota, much of Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin during the day Wednesday. For this area, the storm was similar to other Alberta Clippers that affected the area over the past couple of weeks.

The forward speed of the clipper slowed down Thursday, which allowed more substantial snow amounts in central Michigan Thursday into Friday.

Detroit, Mich., received 2-4 inches of snow Friday morning, but as much as 6 inches fell north of I-69.

Although the storm was rather minor in the Chicago area on south in terms of travel impacts on Thursday, much more substantial travel disruptions occurred farther north with the worst of the storm aiming for the Northeast.

An all-out blizzard will impact New England Friday into early Saturday with ripple-effect airline impacts likely across much of the nation. Significant storm travel impact is also possible in New York City.

Content contributed by Meteorologist Meghan Evans.


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