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February 17, 2014

Accuweather: Another 3-6 inches overnight tonight

STATE COLLEGE — Don’t put away those snow blowers and shovels. Another 3 to 6 inches of snow is coming with a fast-moving storm overnight tonight, Accuweather reports this morning.

“Even though the storm is forecast to move quickly, it will bring a moderate amount of snow or wintry mix to many communities from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said, “In most cases, the storm will last six hours or less, but a few locations can receive just as many inches of snow.”

Locally, the snowfall could begin as early as 10 p.m. Monday and continue most of the night before clearing out around 9 a.m.

An onslaught of winter storms has buried much of the Northeast over the past few weeks. While this new storm is not expected to be an historic event, it can snarl travel, resulting in more flight delays in a winter already full of them.

The heaviest snow on Monday is expected to fall in Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Michigan, where some locations may receive a half of a foot. Lengthy travel delays are likely in Chicago, especially during the typically busy late-day commute.

The Northeast will feel the impacts of the storm on Monday night and Tuesday.

The snow could once again force administrators to delay or cancel school, adding to the growing list of school cancellations this winter.

The risk of roofs collapsing will increase with each snowfall event, where not enough prior melting has reduced the amount of snow. For example, as of this morning, much of Pennsylvania has 1 to 2 feet of snow on the ground and on roofs.

“In some cases, upcoming melting can add to the risk of roof failure in the short term,” Sosnowski said, “Lingering snow can block the drainage system on flat roofs, leading to uneven weight distribution when melting occurs or when rain falls into the snow.”

Most gable roofs can sustain a significant amount of snow and allow the water to settle toward the edges. However, a buildup of ice in the gutters can force water beneath the shingles along the edges.

Slippery sidewalks will remain a concern as the snow falls, and with cold nights and milder days in the wake of the snow, icy patches will develop. The new snow can hide patches of ice beneath.

 

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