Winter storm to dish out another helping of snow to northern US

Courtney Spamer

The same storm that brought up to 10 inches of snow to part of the Upper Midwest on Monday was finishing up its wintry task over the northern tier of the Northeast and adjacent Canada on Tuesday.

"The storm is following in the footsteps of many other storms this winter," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"We have had probably close to a dozen or so storms that have traveled from the south-central United States to the Great Lakes and southeastern Canada," he explained. "There have been practically no storms that moved northward along the Atlantic coast, which is traditionally a big snowstorm for the mid-Atlantic, southern New England and the central Appalachians.

The storm will intensify as it stretches over the northern Great Lakes and moves into southern Ontario and Quebec, leading to higher snowfall totals.

The steadiest snow will take place in places like Ottawa and Montreal Tuesday.

A swath of 3-6 inches of snow is expected to span from Wisconsin to northern Maine, with a zone of more than half a foot (15 cm) slated for portions of southern Canada. An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 16 inches (40 centimeters) is projected somewhere in that region.

This is more than enough snow to cause slippery road conditions, and perhaps even lead to school delays or early dismissals.

Snow-related travel disruptions will be most likely in cities like Burlington, Vermont and many others across interior New England, both on the roads and in the air.

The moon rises over a beautiful field around sunset in rural Ottawa, Canada on February 8, 2020 (Photo/@averagerunnerk).

Meanwhile, those hopeful for snow across the Interstate-80 corridor from New Jersey to Iowa will once again miss out on the snow like they have so far this season.

Cities like Indianapolis, Columbus, Ohio, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are running well below their average snowfall, totaling 11 inches or less since Dec. 1.

Instead, these areas will be receiving another dose of rain showers which will extend southward into the flood-ravaged Deep South.

Behind both the snow and the rain farther south, cold air is expected to sweep into this region by the middle of the week. The rapid drop in temperature could lead to areas of black ice in lingering wet areas and help to keep any snow that falls around longer.

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