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    Last Night's Northeast Snow and Cold Just an Appetizer

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    January 22, 2012, 4:53:23 AM EST

    A fast-moving storm system brought travel-disrupting snow to the Northeast late Thursday, but it will turn out to be only an appetizer to the "main course" ahead this weekend.

    Referred to as a "sneaky little storm system" by Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, 1 to locally 5 inches of snow fell along a swath from northern Indiana and southern Michigan through the eastern Great Lakes, Pennsylvania, southern New York and into New England Thursday into Thursday night.

    Most of the snow came within a 6-hour window, falling steadily for only an hour or two in most areas.

    With temperatures in many areas several degrees below freezing, the snow quickly stuck to road surfaces, leading to slippery travel, in some areas coinciding with the evening rush.

    While the snow avoided the busy highways near New York City and locations south, numerous accidents were reported throughout many areas north and west.

    Connecticut state police reported nearly a dozen accidents alone on a stretch of I-395 in the eastern part of the state.

    Icy spots from plunging temperatures in the wake of the snow will keep some roads icy through the day, especially of the untreated and secondary variety.


    There will even be a brief period of sunshine today that could help to melt the snow.

    The cold air filtering in behind the storm will only help to support a plowable snowfall of up to 8 inches along a similar corridor extending from Chicago to southern New England tonight and Saturday.

    Meteorologist Dan DePodwin has more on this upcoming storm, which threatens to be the largest in many areas since the unusual late-October snowstorm.

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