Snowstorm to Bring Whiteouts and Biting Cold to New England, Maritimes
By By Jordan Root, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
February 20, 2015, 8:32:18 AM EST
A snowstorm that brought snow squalls, bitterly cold air and numbing winds to the Northeast Wednesday will swing into northern New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada for the end of the workweek.
The storm will have the potential to bring plenty of weather hazards with it as it impacts portions of Quebec, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and the Maritimes.
"The parade of storms continues across new England and Atlantic Canada with parts of Maine and New Brunswick again seeing over 6 inches (15 cm)," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.
Heavy snow will create slippery and dangerous travel from Bangor, Maine, to Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, through Thursday night.
The intensity of the snow will challenge road crews who plan on battling the elements with plows and road salt. The highest snowfall rates will likely be found across north-central Maine to New Brunswick.
"This storm will not even be close to the strength of the past blizzard, but it will be capable of producing significant accumulations," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
In addition to the snow, gusty winds will help to produce whiteout conditions. Travel on Interstate 95, U.S. Route 1 and Canadian Highway 2 will be severely impacted.
Montreal and Quebec City will have light snow and gusty winds through Thursday night on the back side of the storm as it pulls away.
The big story will be the arctic air that rides back in on the gusty winds into the Northeast and New England.
"Another round of wind and arctic cold will drop AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures below minus 20 once again in Boston and across the rest of New England Thursday night," said Pydynowski.
Howling winds and bitter cold will continue Thursday night and Friday long after the snow tapers off.
The snow will not come to an end across northern Maine until Thursday night and not until Friday night in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Friday night will be just as cold if not colder than Thursday night for many places.
The stormy pattern that has repeatedly brought snowstorm after snowstorm to the region will continue over the weekend as the next one takes off through the Midwest into New England.
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