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Disruptive snow precedes midweek Arctic blast across northeastern US

By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 30, 2019, 4:55:04 AM EST

Before one of the coldest Arctic outbreaks this winter sweeps into the northeastern United States, disruptive snow will continue to create travel disruptions across a large swath of the region into Wednesday morning.

After snow impacted travel from Minneapolis to Chicago and Detroit, problems may arise as the snow spreads through New England into Wednesday morning.

It is in western Massachusetts and much of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine that at least 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected to accumulate before the snowstorm departs on Wednesday morning. Similar totals are anticipated in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

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"While the snow will be a boon to the ski industry, travel can become slow and difficult in these areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Motorists traveling through the storm will likely face major delays and may need to allot several extra hours to reach their travel destinations.

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In Boston, rain can changeover to snow early Wednesday, creating slippery conditions for the morning commute.

Rain changed over to snow in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on Tuesday, with 1-3 inches of snow reported in their northwestern suburbs.

The threat for snow prompted federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area to close early on Tuesday.

Following the snow, brutally colder air will follow Wednesday into Thursday.


Residents may have only a short window to clear any slush as colder rushes in and freezes everything solid on Wednesday morning.

Slippery travel, in addition to the extreme cold in the morning, could lead to school delays or even cancellations on Wednesday.

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Snow squalls can accompany the leading edge of the brutal cold on Wednesday, leading to a brief period of travel hazards across the Northeast.

Because the bitterly cold air will stick around through late week, it is unlikely that any snow will melt until a taste of March comes late in the weekend.

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