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Winter storm set to blast Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this week

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Major cities like New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston could be in the thick of the storm expected to strike Thursday into Friday. Prepare now with AccuWeather Snow Alerts.

Key Highlights

Threats: Snow, wind, rain, power outages, travel disruptions

States affected: KY, TN, VA, IL, IN, OH, MO, WV, MD, D.C., DE, NJ, PA, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME

When: Thursday, January 6 - Friday, January 7

Back to back blasts

As parts of the mid-Atlantic recover from the first significant snowstorm of the season earlier this week, AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring a developing winter storm that will hit some of those areas and Northeast Thursday night into Friday.

The system will intensify over the Tennessee Valley Thursday, bringing snow as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee. It then heads towards the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast Thursday night and Friday. The intensity and final track of the system are still being determined; however, a stronger storm that tracks up the East Coast can produce strong winds over portions of the mid-Atlantic into New England Friday into Friday night. These conditions could result in blowing and drifting snow as well as the risk of power outages.

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The storm could bring 1 to 3 inches of snow to portions of the Tennessee and upper Ohio Valley Thursday into Thursday night. Heavier snow is expected in the central and northern Appalachians late Thursday into Thursday night, with up to 12 inches expected in the higher elevations of West Virginia and western Virginia. For New England, the snow will come in on Friday with 3 to 6 inches expected over the southern and eastern areas. Maine, New Brunswick, and portions of Nova Scotia could get up to a foot of snow with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 16 inches forecasted.

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Businesses in the region need to keep a close eye on this system and should:

  • Expect business interruption due to power outages
  • Anticipate disruptions to ground logistics due to road closures and snow-covered roads
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers
  • Ensure all employees and visitors on-site have a way to be notified of severe weather

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