Wintry Mess, Including Freezing Rain, Impacting Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
After last week’s winter storm that snarled holiday travel in the Northeast, many in the region were hoping for a week sans winter weather. Unfortunately, Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.
Winter weather and freezing rain advisories have been issued for parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and well into New England. And while this won’t be a breakout winter weather event, it could still cause travel troubles for parts of the region.
Here’s what we know:
Some light freezing rain was reported in parts of southwestern and central Ohio, during the early morning hours of Tuesday. But cities like Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus mostly escaped messy commutes. A check of Google Maps revealed no significant traffic backups in the region.
However, a bit further east — in Pittsburgh, Pa. — the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that some bridges and roads are reporting icy conditions. Those icy conditions are causing some collisions, “A multi-vehicle crash occurred on the off-ramp from the Veterans Bridge to Route 28. Pittsburgh International Airport reported light freezing rain and had crews out salting roadways and sidewalks.”
As the day progresses, the system will begin to propagate east — taking the wintry weather into parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and then on up into New England. Precipitation is likely to being Tuesday afternoon and continue into Tuesday night from central Pennsylvania into much of inland New England through the overnight hours. The evening commute for cities like State College and Harrisburg, Pa. could be dicey, so take that into your travel plans.
As far as accumulations are concerned, they’ll be pretty light. For ice, accumulations of one-hundredth of an inch to a tenth of an inch are likely. This is more than enough to make for VERY hazardous driving conditions. Snow or sleet totals are likely to be between 1 and 2 inches for most locations.
Through the overnight hours the snow will shift into parts of New England, bringing 1 to 2 inches of snow. It looks like most of the major cities along the East Coast will escape any wintry precipitation.
WeatherNation meteorologists will be closely watching the adverse weather, for the next day or so. We’ll bring you timely updates on-air and online.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond