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    Prolonged Snowstorm for Northern New England, Southern Quebec

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist.
    December 05, 2010, 4:07:35 AM EST

    Not one, but two long-duration snowstorms will take aim at northern New England and part of Quebec starting this weekend.

    The pattern will "not" bring heavy snow to Boston or New York City through next week, but can unload just that over time in Burlington, Vt., Caribou, Maine, Montreal, Quebec and Quebec City.

    For these northern areas, this will be an all-out winter pattern with cold air, wind, snow, travel problems and canceled plans galore.

    While it will not snow continuously, it will be snowing more often than not into the middle of next week.

    Already, one of the storms has been captured by a big dip in the jet stream and will unload episodes of windblown snow from portions of New Brunswick to northern Maine, northern New Hampshire, northern Vermont and part of the St. Lawrence Valley in Quebec this weekend.


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    Next, a second storm will swing up from the Atlantic Ocean, offshore of southern New England, but will boomerang northwestward across the same region with more rounds of windblown snow beginning Monday.

    The second storm is the same system that will bring snow to part of the Virginias and North Carolina this weekend, but will be "stage hooked" next week for a lengthy appearance over southeastern Canada and northern New England.


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    With both storms, the snow will spread in reverse of the traditional way. The bands of snow will roll from east to west.

    With gusty winds expected to accompany the snow early next week across northern New England and Quebec, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette commented, "The snowstorm on Monday is likely to be remembered as a blizzard."

    Expert Senior Meteorologist and International Weather Expert Dale Mohler said, "This looks like a Jay Peak and Mount Sutton special."

    Mohler was implying that the pattern has potential to unload feet of snow on ski resorts from northern Vermont and New Hampshire to southern Quebec.

    The pattern will definitely allow these resorts to build their snow bases, opening more trails or even to open earlier than originally planned.


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    Ski lift at St. Sauveur in Quebec, Canada. File photo by photos.com.

    A huge buckle in the jet stream will cause the storms to linger for days in the region.

    As the jet stream and storms it generates drag cold air over much of the northeastern U.S., triggering lake-effect snow to be measured by the yard in traditional areas, it will circulate warm air and rain over much of the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

    If you have trouble visualizing all of this, just imagine a giant atmospheric traffic jam where you have the same scene (weather) around you for hours (days). The traffic around you can't move because other traffic up the road is jammed as well.

    It is not uncommon to have nasty cold, snowy weather in one part of a continent and warm, rainy weather in another. Case in point... what has been going on across Europe of late and what is unfolding across North America.

    AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger contributed to the content of this story.

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