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Businesses should prepare for a winter storm bringing snow, ice, and rain to the Midwest and Northeast


AccuWeather's expert meteorologists are warning businesses in the Northeast and Midwest to be prepared for disruptions from a winter storm that will bring snow, ice, and rain through Friday.

Key Highlights

Threats: Snow, Ice, Rain, Power Outages, Downed Trees

States affected: TX, OK, OH, MI, PA, NY, MA, ME, NY, DC

When: Thursday, January 12 - Friday, January 13


AccuWeather's expert meteorologists are warning businesses about a storm that will bring snow, ice, and rain to parts of the Midwest and Northeast through Friday. To be better prepared, we recommend businesses utilize AccuWeather's severe weather warnings - which have proven to protect life, safety, and property better than our competitors. 

The storm will bring rain along with some pockets of snow or ice across parts of the Midwest on Thursday. Farther east, the same storm will produce pockets of sleet, freezing rain, and snow in parts of New England and bring rain across the Ohio Valley and Northeast. Northern parts of New England and Canada will see snow as well.

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Snow showers could make some roads slippery around Chicago and Indianapolis Thursday night into Friday. Travel disruptions across parts of the Midwest and interior Northeast are likely as the storm taps into colder air and drop more snow and a wintry mix before the end of the week. Businesses should be mindful of road conditions that may become hazardous. Another threat with this system is that the snow will be sticky and wet, cling to trees and power lines, leading to isolated power outages and tree damage. 


Some of the heaviest snow will fall within the St. Lawrence Valley from Montreal to Quebec City Thursday night into Friday. Areas in northern New England and parts of Ontario and Quebec, Canada, have the greatest chance for significant snow, including several inches to a foot or more.  


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Businesses in the path of this system should prepare for the following:

  • Retail: Shovel and salt walkways, dry high-traffic areas inside near entrances, and keep all floors clear to help prevent falls and reduce liability.
  • Ground logistics disruptions from snow-covered roads. 
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers.

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AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service features include: 

  • Precise weather event start and end times
  • Total expected snow and ice accumulations
  • Specific changeover times for snow, ice, and rain
  • Hourly temperatures and wind conditions before, during, and after the storm
  • Post-storm weather conditions, including verified precipitation amounts. 

If you do not use AccuWeather, you may risk the lives of your employees and customers. 



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