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One-two punch: A major storm to bring additional snowfall from the Plains across the Northeast


A significant storm will dump heavy snow from the Plains into the Northeast this week, causing major business disruptions and treacherous travel.

Key Highlights

Threats: Heavy Snow, Travel Disruptions, Logistical Disruptions

States affected: MI, OH, PA, WV, MD, NY, CT, VT, MA, ME

When: Tuesday, January 24 - Thursday, January 26


Businesses across the Northeast should prepare for a major snowstorm bringing heavy snow into Thursday. This storm can potentially dump snow at one inch per hour as the storm moves from the Rockies to the Plains before reaching the Northeast. Businesses that use AccuWeather’s Snow Warning Service will get alerts as the storm moves into your area. 

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Thursday NE

The storm will bring heavy snow to the Midwest and the Northeast from Wednesday to Thursday. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 24 inches. 

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AccuWeather meteorologists are warning businesses that the combination of heavy snow poorly timed with the morning or evening commutes can snarl traffic, lead snow covered roads and dangerous travel conditions, with the threat for some roads and highways to become nearly impassable, increasing the risk of vehicle crashes. 


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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