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    Snowstorm Reaches Northeast Tonight, Friday

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    January 21, 2011, 1:06:04 PM EST

    The Northeast is next in line to face disruptions from the cross-country snowstorm that is currently targeting the Ohio Valley.

    The snowstorm is spreading across the central Appalachians and eastern Great Lakes this afternoon. Tonight into Friday morning, the snow will spread over the balance of the Northeast.

    The upcoming snow will actually be quick-hitting, remaining only over any one particular area for roughly six to eight hours. However, its nature may also be to quickly coat roads, perhaps catching thousands of motorists off guard.


    The storm led to numerous fender benders and slide-offs in the Cincinnati area Thursday morning.

    That snowy episode will span this afternoon and evening in Pittsburgh, midnight EST to the Friday morning commute from Washington, D.C. to New York City, and during the daylight hours Friday in Boston and Portland, Maine.

    Despite its brevity, the storm will drop enough snow to create disruptions to travel and daily routines.

    Some schools will be delayed or closed for the day. Parents may need to make alternative plans for their children, as snowfall may be enough to impact some daycare facilities.

    The AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center is expecting 3 to 6 inches of snow across much of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia, southeastern New York state, and across southern and central New England.

    The 3- to 6-inch swath of snow includes the cities of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton, Pa., Trenton, N.J., New York City and Hartford, Conn.

    Snowfall will reach or exceed 6 inches across far eastern New England, but will be held to an inch or two in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

    AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated Wednesday that snow along the Interstate 95 corridor will "not likely shut down mass transit buses and trains, but it may slow them down."


    Motorists should also prepare for slow and slick travel due to snow-covered roadways.

    Airline passengers will be subject to flight delays and cancelations due to de-icing issues.

    The ripple effect from problems at the major hubs in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston could lead to travel headaches elsewhere across the United States.

    While the snowstorm threatens to cause disruptions, it will pale in comparison to the monster Christmas Weekend Blizzard and the massive snowstorm that buried New England with feet of snow last week.

    This snowstorm may be remembered for ushering in the coldest air of the season so far.

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