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Winter Storm Pummels Northeast

UPDATED 11 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy

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A very strong low pressure is delivering a powerful blend of snow, wintry mix, rain and wind to the eastern U.S. Wintry precipitation will be confined to the interior sections of New York and New England, while rain crosses southern New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect throughout the Northeast, including the cities of Cleveland, Syracuse and Buffalo, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., Concord, N.H., Boston, and Augusta, Maine.

Impressive snow totals are anticipated from upstate New York toward central and northern Maine. Snow accumulations of 10-to-15 inches will be common in these areas, with as much as 18-to-24 over interior Maine and New Hampshire. Such large snowfall is likely to cause travel problems along Interstates 81, 86, 87, 90, 91 and 95. The heavy, wet snow may also lead to downed trees, leading to blocked roads and power outages.

Northwest winds will possibly approach 60 mph along the Interstate-81 and 95 corridors into Thursday. High Wind Warnings continue in the mountains over far northwestern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. Wind Advisories stretch from Florida to the northern Appalachians and Long Island. Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York are all included in these.

Temperatures have been rather mild of late over the Mid-Atlantic to southern parts of New York and New England, allowing for prior snow to melt away. This combined with the fresh rain will make the soil rather soft. Trees will be vulnerable to being uprooted during the high winds, leading to power outages and potentially blocked roads.

As a cold front sweeps out to sea over the Atlantic, the warm spell will come to a crashing halt. Cold air will dive back southward, with highs dropping 15-to-20 degrees below average tomorrow. Temperatures may even cool off rapidly enough between now and Thursday morning`s commute for wet pavement to rapidly freeze. Be extra careful when driving and watch out for black ice.

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