Chance of snow, freezing rain ahead for the Harrisburg area

Friday seems to be the next best chance at some snow showers for the High Desert. We'll focus on Southeast New England first, then talk about the big snow for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

After a gorgeous afternoon on Tuesday with temperatures up around 60 degrees, we'll be about 20 degrees cooler than that on Wednesday with abundant sunshine.

Precipitation will begin to spread across the region through the day on Thursday.

The period of snow we do get will be brief, and it could be limited to areas north and west of Providence...beginning late morning.

"Will keep the mention of just rain and/or snow, at this point". Although there has not been much snow these past few days, this hefty dumping will help freshen things up again.

The storm will be rapidly intensifying, undergoing a process called bombogenesis. "A distance of a few miles or a few hundred in elevation can mean the difference between an inch or two of slush to close to a foot of heavy, wet snow". Heavy lake-effect snows will occur downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. We can't really call this storm a "nor'easter", as there won't be a lot of northeasterly winds.

There were widespread power outages in the Dakotas, Nebraska and western Iowa on Sunday and early Monday, but power has been restored in most places. It'll be fairly windy everywhere, but the strongest gusts will be at the coast.

Winter Storm Brings White Christmas, Blizzard Conditions to Northern Plains
The National Weather Service forecast as many as 15 inches of snow to fall in some areas before the storm leaves the area. I-90 in South Dakota is now closed from the Wyoming border to Chamberlain, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

While Saturday may see rain, the night of New Year's Eve is expected to be partly cloudy without rain in the forecast.

Conditions will be too warm for accumulating snow to fall from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to Islip, New York, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Travel conditions will be hard at best Thursday night and very early Friday morning, but weather and travel will get better throughout the day Friday from south to north.

According to the alert, posted at just before 4 p.m. on December 28, 2016, the storm is expected to hit the state at around 10 a.m. on Thursday in some parts and run through Friday morning.

All this rain should be leaving our area by 8PM, but winds will remain gusty with falling temperatures.

Extreme Weather Conditions on Mount WashingtonAs winter returns, we're reminded that some of the world's most risky weather is in New England with violent winds, bitter cold and lots of snow.

Snow totals range from up to 3 inches on the coast and inland Rockingham County (Portsmouth, Hampton, North Hampton, and Exeter), 4 to 6 inches for Windham, Salem, Nashua, and Londonderry, and 12 to 18 inches for Hillsborough and Merrimack County, including Amherst, Bedford, Concord, Merrimack, and Milford. Ski country will be making out very well in this storm! For now, Winter Storm Watches are up for northern New England and Berkshire County for Thursday.

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