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    First widespread winter storm of season causes icy travel from Pennsylvania to Maine

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    December 30, 2015, 9:19:51 PM EST

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    Lingering cold air will continue to contribute to the first widespread ice and snow event of the season across the northeastern United States into Tuesday night.

    Through Tuesday, a shallow wedge of cold air will allow temperatures to remain below freezing for much of the duration of the storm in portions of northern New York state, central and northern New England and neighboring Canada.

    As a result of the below-freezing air, road conditions will remain slippery and hazardous until plowed and thoroughly treated. Travel along portions of Interstate 90, I-87, I-89, I-91, I-93 and I-95 will be slow.

    Tricky morning commute across the Northeast


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    "The snow could fall at a rate of 1-2 inches (3-5 cm) per hour," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Feerick said.

    Where sleet and freezing rain fail to mix in, across portions of central and northern Maine and northern New Hampshire, up to a foot of snow will fall from the storm.


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    For portions of southern Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, this will be a major snowstorm with 30 cm or more of snow in store for many locations.

    Warmth stored up in the ground from the record warmth will keep roads and sidewalks warmer than the air. However, slushy road conditions may still unfold where there is a bit of snow or sleet accumulation.


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    Commuters should allow for extra time to travel into Tuesday evening. Airline delays and disruptions can occur even where rain falls with the storm due to a low cloud ceiling. Crews and aircraft may also still be displaced from the magnitude and coverage of the storm in the Central states this past weekend.

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    Milder air will continue to slowly work in from the Southern states into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England. For the duration of the storm, rain will fall on New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

    In areas that receive snow into Tuesday evening, drizzle and spotty rain can freeze on elevated and untreated surfaces later Tuesday night. In most areas that had ice or plain rain during the day Tuesday, temperatures will hover above freezing Tuesday night.


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    The same storm that unleashed severe weather, ice and blizzard conditions across the south-central United States this past weekend is responsible for the rain and wintry precipitation in the Northeast.

    Sleet dipped as far south as New York City and Allentown, Pennsylvania, with areas of freezing rain in the mountains of central and western Pennsylvania for a time Monday night.

    The storm brought the first measurable snowfall of the season to Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston and Hartford, Connecticut.

    Worcester, Massachusetts, broke the record for the latest date of measurable snow. The previous record was Dec. 24, 1923.

    The next storm that grazes coastal areas will bring rain during part of Wednesday and Wednesday night.

    However, chilly air will settle in and end the spells of record warmth for much of January 2016.

    Content contributed by AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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