Snow, Ice Aim for Northeast
February 19, 2013; 5:05 AM
A storm quickly following on the heels of the weekend's New England snowstorm is set to bring more flakes to the Great Lakes and Northeast through Tuesday.
After pushing through the far northern Plains and northern Ontario Sunday, the heaviest snow fell across central Ontario on Monday-remaining north of U.S., soil.
Rain will press eastward toward the East Coast through Tuesday, passing through Chicago Monday afternoon and evening and Detroit Monday night and opening the door for a blast of noticeably colder air and blustery winds to follow.
The colder air will arrive fast enough to cause the rain to end as wet snow in these two cities and many other communities across most of the Great Lakes-areas. A rapid freeze-up will occur as a result, so treacherous travel is possible Tuesday morning. Around Lake Superior, the storm remained an all-snow event.
The cold winds will ignite a new round of lake-effect snow that will renew the danger of slippery roads across most of lower Michigan, including Detroit, for Tuesday.
Across the Northeast, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned for snow to create slick travel as the rain arrives, not departs.
Enough stubborn cold air will be in place for the rain to fall as snow, sleet, freezing rain or a combination thereof, either at its onset or throughout the entirety of the storm Monday night through Tuesday. That would occur inland from the I-95 corridor from Boston to New York City to Washington, D.C., where only plain rain is expected.
The snow could accumulate a quick 1 to 3 inches in Burlington, Vt., Syracuse and Binghamton, N.Y., and Williamsport, Pa., potentially making for slippery travel and causing delays to daily activities. Even a coating to an inch of wintry mix farther south in part of the central Appalachians can lead to icy travel for a time.
As this storm heads into Atlantic Canada Tuesday night, attention will turn toward a major winter storm set to take shape over the Plains at midweek.