The Daily Item
STATE COLLEGE — Two storms will merge quickly enough to produce a snowstorm expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow to the Central Susquehanna Valley Thursday into Friday.
The storm will affect more than 70 million people in the Midwest and the Northeast combined, and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities, said Alex Sosnowski, an expert senior meteorologist at Accuweather.
It will be far from the worst storm to ever hit the area, but people should be prepared for flight delays and cancellations because of direct and indirect impacts from the far-reaching storm.
AccuWeather.com Chief Operating Officer Evan Myers said, “The storms will not organize fast enough to make the perfect storm, but it will cause a significant amount of snow to fall over a large area.”
As colder air invades the storm, snow will stick to the roads and make for slippery conditions.
The worst of the storm is likely to be Thursday night but will cause enough snow to make roads slippery as early as Thursday in some locations.
The storm is forecast to bring a large area of 6- to 12-inch snowfall from northeastern Pennsylvania to a large part of New Jersey and southeastern New York state to southern New England. This includes the entire metropolitan area of New York City and Long Island, northward to Albany, N.Y., and Scranton and Allentown, Pa. Over a foot of snow will fall in localized areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and the cities of Hartford, Conn., Providence, R.I., and Boston.
Within the heaviest snow area, the snow will fall at the rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour in some locations, making it difficult for plows to keep up.
A significant, but lesser snowfall is in store farther southwest in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and farther north in Portland, Maine, Burlington, Vt., and Pittsburgh.
For many areas this will be a dry, powdery snow. However, along the mid-Atlantic coast and even southern New England coast for a brief time, a wintery mix will occur early. However, as colder air invades the storm, the all snow will fall and the snow will become powdery as well.
The storm will strengthen quickly enough to kick up winds. Blowing and drifting snow will occur during the middle and last part of the storm from Pennsylvania to New England. In parts of New England a full-blown blizzard may evolve.