Winter Storm Brings Ice into New England
2:45 PM EST, January 15, 2007
Updated By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
The winter storm that brought extreme ice and snow to the central U.S. this weekend is pushing across New England, bringing with it the same wintry mess.
Snow, sleet and yes, freezing rain are producing treacherous road conditions across the northern reaches of Upstate New York and northern New England. Winter storm along with ice storm warnings are in effect across these areas.
A quarter to half-inch of freezing rain has fallen near Albany, New York early Monday afternoon. Additional icing has been reported around Buffalo and in the southern Adirondacks. Additional icing will be possible through tonight across northern New York east into northwestern Massachusetts and southern parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The freezing rain will likely coat roads, trees and powerlines. Travel could be extremely dangerous across interstates 87, 90, 91 and 93. Power outages could be widespread.
Meanwhile, across the Adirondacks and mountains of northern Vermont and New Hampshire, mainly snow and sleet will fall over the area. Snowfall accumulation in excess of 4 inches is possible, with the highest elevations seeing more than 6 inches of snow.
To the west across the southern shores of the central Great Lakes, bands of lake-effect snow will become more prevalent today as a strong, extremely cold northwesterly flow develops. Snowbelts of Michigan could see several inches of fresh snow.
The storm system bringing all of this extreme winter weather is also dumping a large amount of heavy rain across the Ohio and central Mississippi Valley. This area is already saturated from the heavy rain that fell over the region most of the weekend.
With a bit more rain expected through tonight, a risk of flooding will remain. Flood watches and warnings are in effect throughout Ohio, Indiana, southern Illinois, Kentucky and western Tennessee. Cleveland, Cincinnati and Peoria Ill., are all under watches Monday afternoon.
The rain will come to an end Monday night across the Mississippi Valley as the storm system sweeps the rain-triggering cold front eastward across the Southeast and East Coast later today and into Tuesday morning. Behind the front, temperatures will be dramatically colder with areas east of the Mississippi River seeing temperatures Tuesday that will be 30 degrees colder than today`s highs.
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