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Winter Blast Burying Interior Northeast

UPDATED 1:30 PM EST, February 25, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A pesky but potent low-pressure system is holding on in the East, bringing a wave of wintry weather from upstate New York to New England. Heavy lake-effect snow is piling up along the shores of the Great Lakes, with flurries blanketing the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in this WeatherBug Severe Weather Outlook Video.

The same low pressure that was responsible for Friday's severe thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic and windy weather across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast continues to spin across the Canadian Maritimes, wrapping cold, Arctic air southward from eastern Canada. The cold air is moving across the relatively warmer waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, picking up the lake's moisture and depositing it as lake-effect snow.

Strong northwesterly winds will keep these lake-effect snow bands intact along the southern and eastern shores of the easternmost lakes, bringing several inches of accumulation from northeastern Ohio to Buffalo's southern suburbs, and along the Tug Hill Plateau of central New York. Locations in the most persistent bands will see 8 inches or more of snow, while bare ground may exist a few miles away.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings and Advisories continue across these areas, including the Interstate 79, 86 and 90 corridors of western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio, including Ashtabula, Ohio, Erie, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y., as well as the Interstate 81 and 88 corridors in New York. Travel around Syracuse, N.Y., may be difficult for much of the day as these persistent snow bands wreak havoc.

A few strong snow bands continue to wrap around the low itself into the mountains of New England. Another 2 to 5 inches of snow will pile up near Burlington and Montpelier, Vt., and near Berlin, N.H., prompting Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories to remain in effect.

It won`t only be snow that residents will be contending with across the East for the last weekend in February. In the wake of the strong cold front dispelling near-record highs and a rash of severe weather will be potentially damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph today. Even the big cities along the Interstate 95 corridor in southern New England won`t escape fierce winds. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories stretch from the southern Appalachians to western Maine, including Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., New York City and Philadelphia.

In an all too common theme seen this winter, the cold blast will depart as rapidly as it arrived early next week. The mercury will climb above the seasonal norm as high pressure and developing southerly flow boost the thermometer into the 40s, 50s and 60s from Boston to Washington, D.C.

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