Storm May Unfold into All-Out Blizzard in New England

January 10, 2011; 6:37 AM ET
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Once again, the I-95 corridor will be in the path of a disruptive snowstorm that could unfold into an all-out blizzard in New England by midweek.

The snowstorm appears like it will create major travel headaches as well as potential school and activity cancellations.

The storm now slamming the South with severe snow and ice will turn up the Eastern Seaboard on Tuesday into Wednesday, hugging the coast and dumping several inches of snow over many major cities in the Northeast.

In fact, it is looking more likely that the storm will rapidly intensify around Cape Cod on Wednesday as another storm that will first dump snow over the Midwest joins forces with the coastal storm.

Plenty of cold air will remain in place to support snowfall along much of the heavily populated I-95 corridor in the Northeast, while some mixing, including treacherous ice will occur farther south through the mid-Atlantic Coast.

This means that heavy snowfall with amounts of up to a foot could slam a corridor from perhaps as far south as New York City and northern New Jersey to Boston and eastern Maine.

If the low strengthens near Cape Cod like it is expected to at this point, significant blowing and drifting of snow will also impact this corridor. Whiteout and near blizzard conditions will be possible.

Travel in New York City, Boston, and Portland, Maine, will be severely impacted and could even be brought to a standstill for a time.

This storm will not likely be welcomed by people who were stranded by the blizzard that shut down travel the day after Christmas. Portions of northern and coastal New Jersey were digging out for several days from more than 30 inches of snow that fell there, while around 20 inches buried New York City's Central Park.

Philadelphia also looks like it is line for plowable snow that will disrupt travel, while the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor may only get a couple of inches of snow from the storm.

It should be noted that the storm track is still not set in stone. A wobble in the storm's track by only 50 miles can make a major difference in snow totals for the big Northeast cities.

Keep checking back with AccuWeather.com for the latest details on the storm.

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