Friday’s snow in the Northeast was just a sampling of more to come. There will be a much more widespread winter storm that will hit the northeastern United States with heavy snow and rain to end the weekend.
Millions of people should prepare for substantial travel delays, including some flight cancellations, as the winter storm sweeps across the Northeast into Monday. Schools that are scheduled to be open on Monday may have delays or closures.
Snow will move from the Ohio Valley to the central Appalachians and across the northern mid-Atlantic through Sunday afternoon. Near and along the Interstate-95 corridor, temperatures will be high enough for the snow to mix with or fall as rain.
Snow is expected to reach southern New York by Sunday evening before spreading over more of the state and New England at night.
“While snow totals from this storm will diminish across the Ohio Valley as the storm tracks eastward from the central Plains, heavy snow is expected to ramp back up across the Northeast to end the weekend,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
A total of 6-12 inches of snow is forecast to extend from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Boston to Portland and Bangor, Maine. Snow totals can also approach or exceed 6 inches in New York City and its northern and western suburbs.
There can be a separate zone of similar totals in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania to northern West Virginia.
A total of 16 inches is expected and most likely to occur in Down East Maine. However, the fast, forward speed of the storm should cap the snowfall to near a foot in most areas in the heavy snow area.
“This will be a quick-hitting snowstorm that may only affect communities for 6-12 hours,” according to Pydynowski. “At the peak of the storm, snow may fall at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour from eastern Pennsylvania and points northeastward.”