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Snow to make roads slushy, icy from DC to Philadelphia, NYC through midweek

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
February 11, 2016, 6:09:31 AM EST

Episodes of snow and slippery travel will affect the mid-Atlantic states and parts of New England through Thursday.

A series of weak storms moving in from the Midwest will spread rounds of snow across the Northeast.

Enough snow will fall to cause slippery roads, airline delays and disruptions to some daily school and work activities.

While the snow through Thursday will be light and intermittent much of the time, there will be a couple of episodes when it can snow hard, almost like a summertime thunderstorm regime.

"In many cases, snowfall through Thursday will underachieve," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. "However, there can be a few episodes where the snow can be surprisingly heavy for a time as weak storms interact with existing moisture before heading out to sea."


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While much of New England will receive little snow in the wake of the recent storm from the start of the week, pockets of accumulating snow can redevelop from Wednesday to Thursday.

The storms taking aim will not deliver a blockbuster amount of snow like the Blizzard of 2016 did, but rather a light to moderate accumulation in most areas of the Northeast.

Along the Interstate-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City, as well as in other cities, the snow will be wet most of the time. However, as temperatures lower and road surfaces cool during episodes of heavier snow or during the nighttime and early morning hours, roads will can become slushy and slippery. For this reason, motorists should be prepared for changing road conditions on their travels.


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On Wednesday, from 1 to locally 3 inches will fall in parts of New York state and from central lower Michigan to eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. From 3 to locally 6 inches will fall on parts of northwestern Pennsylvania, central New York and in western Michigan downwind of the Great Lakes.

In total, some places through the end of the week will have up to an foot of snow, as lake effect snow continues into the weekend.

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According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun, localized areas of heavy lake-effect snow will also affect parts of northwestern Pennsylvania and western and northern New York state.

The coldest air of the season will settle into the Northeast this weekend.


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