New York City, Philadelphia, DC brace for snow from deadly cross-country storm

NEW YORK – A cross-country storm that produced a deadly ice storm and slowed travel in the Northwest will push into the Plains and the Tennessee and Ohio valleys on Thursday before delivering the second round of accumulating and disruptive snow this week to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday.

This won’t be a blockbuster storm, but the FOX Forecast Center said it will still be disruptive to travel due to snow and freezing rain.

The Plains and Midwest will be up first, with accumulating snow falling across the region on Thursday. Cities such as Pierre and Sioux Falls in South Dakota, Omaha in Nebraska and Des Moines in Iowa can expect to see a few inches of snow despite the fast movement of the storm sweeping across the region.

Winds could also be strong and gust between 30 and 45 mph, with blowing and drifting snow reducing visibility and leading to slower drive times on the roads.

The FOX Forecast Center said that to the east, a more impactful area of winter weather will set up on Thursday.

“With a shallow layer of below-freezing air sitting at the surface, a mix of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will develop across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys,” the FOX Forecast Center warned.

That, the FOX Forecast Center continued, will cause numerous issues on the roads and highways as the surface freezes.

The Plains and Tennessee Valley disturbances will then merge, and an area of snow will continue to expand as it approaches the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The FOX Forecast Center said it will be a very snowy day on Friday as a weak area of low pressure develops off the coast of the Carolinas.

Light snow is expected to fall most of the day, including in major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor, including Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

Accumulations in some areas are expected to be close to or greater than the system that moved through those regions earlier this week, breaking several record snowless streaks.

New England, however, which has been the target of previous storms, won’t receive as much snow from this system.

The FOX Forecast Center said it was monitoring the development of an inverted trough.

“These troughs, which are essentially an area of lower pressure and converging winds west of the main storm, can lead to enhanced lift and produce localized areas of heavier snow,” the FOX Forecast Center said. 

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the heavier snow will develop, but as of Thursday, the FOX Forecast Center believed that it could occur somewhere between Philadelphia and New York City.

How much snow will fall?

Again, this will not be a record-breaking snowstorm that will wallop millions of people in the Northeast.

“In terms of the probability of at least 2 inches of snow, it’s very likely from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and parts of New York,” FOX Weather Meteorologist Britta Merwin said. “We’re going to see lower snow totals for New England with this batch. So, this is really going to be favoring New York City down towards D.C. and then pushing father out to the west.”

The probability of 2 inches of snow along the I-95 corridor.
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The probability of 4 inches of snow along the I-95 corridor.
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Southern New England is expected to see between 1 and 3 inches of snow, with higher totals to the south and west.

From about the New York City area south to Philadelphia could pick up anywhere from 3-5 inches of snow.

Those totals can also be found across Pennsylvania and into portions of the Ohio Valley, as well as the lower elevations of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. The higher terrain will likely pick up much higher totals.

Millions under winter weather alerts from Chicago to Philadelphia

Millions of people are now under a winter weather alert because of the advancing winter storm.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for portions of northern Indiana and Ohio due to lake-effect snow.

The higher elevations of West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania are also included in the Winter Storm Warnings.

Winter Weather Advisories are much more widespread, however, and stretch from the Plains to the Northeast.

So far, New York City, Washington and Baltimore are not included in those Winter Weather Advisories. However, Philadelphia is included, as well as most of New Jersey and northern Delaware.

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