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Freezing Rain Threat Continues In Eastern New England

7:30 PM EST, December 22, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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While much of northern New York and New England is beginning to emerge from a damaging ice storm, much of New Hampshire and coastal Maine will continue to see an accumulating ice threat through Monday afternoon.

Part one of this disruptive weekend storm has mostly wound down, with freezing rain and sleet pushing east into the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada. However, the ice storm announced its presence with authority. Potsdam, N.Y., saw 1.25 inches of ice accumulate on trees and power lines, with nearly an inch inundating Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt.

While these locations along the U.S.-Canada border will see improving weather conditions through Monday, residents in eastern New England will not be as lucky. Another batch of precipitation moving up the East Coast will fall into sub-freezing air on Monday morning, bringing a renewed threat for accumulating ice from the western suburbs of Boston all the way through eastern Maine. Because of the continuing freezing rain threat, Freezing Rain Advisories and Ice Storm Warnings are in place for Worcester, Mass., Manchester and Berlin, N.H., and Portland and Bangor, Maine.

Only light freezing drizzle is expected for much of the overnight, but the freezing rain intensity will pick up on Monday morning, likely throwing a wrench into the morning commute. Locations in central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire will see only minor affects, with a trace to one-tenth of an inch of ice expected. However, the cold air will hold on longer in the more mountainous terrain of northern New Hampshire as well as central Maine. Here, 0.25-0.50 inch of new ice accumulation will be possible on Monday morning before temperatures finally climb above freezing.

To add insult to injury, a burst of very cold air will move into the Northeast on Tuesday and Christmas Day. These well-below freezing temperatures during the middle of the week will unfortunately prevent the accumulated ice from melting off the strained trees and power lines. It won`t be until Thursday that a period of melting will finally be possible.

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