March Starting with Disruptive Snow, Ice in Northeast
By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist.
March 03, 2015, 9:24:30 AM EST
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As a large storm rolls out of the Midwest, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic are facing snow, ice and travel disruptions to start March.
The snow and ice is converging on the Northeast from the west and south.
The worst of the winter storm is centering on the mid-Atlantic. Sunday evening and overnight, the brunt of the storm and its snow will focus on New England.
While snow spreading along Pennsylvania's I-80 corridor from the Midwest, snow along the I-95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic will continue to transition to dangerous sleet and freezing rain.
There is significant concern for enough freezing rain to accumulate to weigh down tree branches and power lines, leading to additional power outages. The is especially true from Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to Trenton, N.J.
The greatest amount of snow from the storm will focus from the I-80 corridor in Pennsylvania, northward to southern New York as well as southern New England. Heavy snow will dip southward for a time into the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern West Virginia.
Travel along I-80, I-81, I-99, New York's Southern Tier Expressway, as well as the Massachusetts Turnpike could be difficult. The snow could fall at the rate of an inch or two per hour for a time.
Enough snow to shovel and plow will fall in the swath from Buffalo, New York, and Cleveland to Pittsburgh and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Worcester, Massachusetts; Rutland, Vermont; Concord, New Hampshire; Portland, Maine; and Boston.
Boston's seasonal snowfall record of 107.6 inches from 1995-96 will be challenged by this snowstorm.
The snowstorm will clear southern New England by Monday and will taper off to the north later in the morning.
A second storm is forecast to swing up from the Southwest around Tuesday. Early indications are this second storm will track farther to the north and could be a significantly warmer precipitation event with ice and flooding concerns.
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