Despite the springlike start to the week, winter and substantial snow will make a comeback across the Midwest and Northeast for midweek.
A winter storm began to take shape over the Lower Midwest states Tuesday night, spreading snow from Kansas City through Chicago. This storm will track into the Northeast and Atlantic Canada on Wednesday through Thursday.
Parts of southern Michigan and northern Indiana were shoveling between 4 and 8 inches by Wednesday afternoon.
The storm will drop a swath of substantial snow along the cold side of its path, threatening to cause yet another round of disruptions to travel and daily routines. Parents should prepare for a day or two of school cancellations in the areas hit the hardest.
The corridor from northern Illinois to northern New England has the greatest potential of being targeted by the substantial snow.
While a plowable snowstorm is anticipated across parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley, the heaviest snow will target interior New England. Totals can exceed 1 foot in northern New England, where near-blizzard conditions may evolve.
Along the northern New England coast, the snow may first mix with or fall as rain.
Motorists can anticipate difficult driving conditions on lengthy stretches of highways and interstates. The snow could come down heavily for a time, quickly clogging roads and making travel treacherous. One of the most dangerous areas will be in western and central New York for the evening commute.
Numerous flight delays and cancellations can be expected throughout the Midwest and Northeast with potential ripple-effect delays elsewhere in the United States.
The storm will initially spread mainly rain across communities around the Ohio River and along the I-95 corridor from Providence, R.I., to New York City to Washington, D.C.
However, colder air plunging southward on the back side of the storm may set the stage for the rain to end as a period of snow and/or cause any wet spots on untreated roads and sidewalks to turn icy.
Such danger will unfold across the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, then shift to the I-95 corridor on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Content contributed by Meteorologists Andy Mussoline and Mike Doll
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