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Winter weather could make for slick afternoon commute

07 February 2018

Look for increasing clouds with a high near 13 degrees.

The Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Feb. 6, until noon Wednesday, Feb. 7. The area needs 32 more inches of snow to meet the seasonal average.

The storm will strengthen as it reaches the Northeast by Wednesday. The timing will be tricky, arriving just after the morning commute.

In terms of accumulations, the traditional rule of thumb that the farther north you go the more snow you get will apply again in this case.

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Snow, sleet and freezing rain will develop between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, meteorologist Ava Marie said. Snow amounts in the Poconos could be as high as 4-8 inches in spots with the potential for icing due to freezing rain as high as a tenth of an inch.

Wednesday, the high will be near 30 with sunny skies and a northwest wind of 6 miles per hour, the weather service said.

The storm will move up over New England on Thursday with a high pressure system moving rapidly behind the departing low pressure. He said that he does expect the precipitation to let up by 7:00 Wednesday morning.

A zone of soaking rain and locally gusty thunderstorms will set up to the south of the wintry precipitation. Overall, this active weather pattern continues. Wind-chill values will be as low as 0 degrees. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

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Otherwise, it'll be mostly cloudy with a daytime high temperature in the mid 20s, forecasters said.

The latest outlook from Mount Holly, N.J. says precipitation is forecast to move into the area early on Wednesday morning and should continue until Wednesday evening. Snow may be back after 11 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday brings another chance of rain and snow.

Snow should start tapering off by mid-evening in the metro Buffalo area and scattered snow showers are likely in the late evening.

The last winter there were as many measurable days of snow was in 2013-14 when there were 46 such days, weather service data shows.

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Winter weather could make for slick afternoon commute