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Wintry Mess Impacts New England

3:30 PM EST, December 16, 2005

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, James West

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A major winter storm is slowly winding down over New England. The system brought damaging ice to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic along with significant snowfall over parts of the Northeast and New England.

Trees and power lines came crashing down under ice a quarter to in some cases half an inch thick over a substantial chunk of Georgia, the Carolinas, eastern Tennessee and parts of Virginia Thursday. The freezing rain closed roadways, schools and businesses.

Rain changed to freezing rain for a time Thursday evening in Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Icy roadways are to blame for numerous accidents and much longer than normal commute times. It was mainly a rain-event for New York City, Hartford, Ct., Providence, R.I. and Boston with only minor icing problems reported in these areas.

The wintry precipitation has ended over most of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Snow is still flying early this evening over northern and eastern sections of New England and into the Great Lakes. Snow has been heavy at times since Thursday night. Around 15 inches of snow fell in Cicero, N.Y. Walden, Vt. reports 8 inches, while over 7 inches covers the ground in Hiram, Maine.

Snow will diminish overnight in New England, but not before adding another 2 to as much as 6 inches on top of what has already fallen. Some of the heaviest snowfall will be into parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Heavy lake-effect snow showers are forecast to continue off and on into the coming weekend down-wind of Lakes Erie and Ontario.

Winter weather advisories and warnings are posted for eastern New England and in the snow belts of Lakes Erie and Ontario. Be sure to keep you WeatherBug active for the latest watches and warnings in your area.

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