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Major winter storm to bring heavy snow to the Midwest and East


Businesses in the Midwest and eastern U.S. should be prepared for heavy snow, and logical disruptions from a winter storm this week.

Key Highlights

Threats: Heavy snow, ice, rain, dangerous travel conditions, logistics disruptions

States affected: MI, PA, NY, CT, VT, MA, ME

When: Thursday, January 19 - Saturday, January 21


AccuWeather's expert meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a dangerous winter storm that is moving from the Plains to the east-northeast from the Great Lakes Thursday and to the Northeast by 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. 

Heavy snow will continue to fall from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes Thursday, causing treacherous road conditions and travel disruptions. A mix of rain, ice, and snow will fall across the Northeast through Friday. Snow can accumulate in areas from Boston to the north. Snow will fall Thursday into Friday night across the Northeast with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 20 inches. Across the Northeast, snow may linger into the early morning hours Saturday before ending. 

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On Thursday, severe weather can break out from the shores of Lake Erie to the Ohio River Valley. These storms can produce the threat of isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, and torrential rainfall.

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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.
  • Interruptions due to potential power outages. 
  • Ground logistics disruptions from snow-covered roads. 
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers.

Protect your business and team members by making the best weather-impacted decisions with AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service, backed by forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™. AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service offers location-specific forecasts and 24x7x365 consulting services for snow, ice, blizzards, and other winter-hazard events.

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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Contact us today to learn how you can access the most accurate forecasts and earlier warnings so you can make the best weather-impacted decisions every time.

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