Weekend winter storm to slam tri-state with heavy snow and sleet

Joe’s Weather Blog It’s all about the timing of the switch

Joe’s Weather Blog It’s all about the timing of the switch

Some snow fell overnight and was kicking off the weekend weather Friday that was expected to bring snow storm conditions.

WHEN.Snow will develop later this afternoon and early evening, changing to a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and even rain.

Our weekend storm system remains on track to come at us via two lows. At this time, 3,000 Duke customers are without power - 1,000 in Clinton County just before 4 p.m. The winter weather could cause poor road conditions, the service said.

Travel already has been affected, with almost 500 flights canceled as of Friday morning, according to the flight-tracking site FlightAware.com. Additionally, new wind alerts and wind chill alerts are being issued Saturday morning. Speed limits on many Pennsylvania highways will be restricted to 45 miles per hour, he said.

In Nebraska, authorities closed Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Friday afternoon after a Southwest Airlines plane slid off an ice-slicked runway. It's the area of southwestern Pennsylvania that is a challenge to predict.

None of the 150 passengers and six crew members was injured, it said. Some icy troubles seem likely, particularly north of town and in the mountains south and east, where a thick glaze up to a half-inch thick may accumulate.

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Significant amounts of ice is likely along and north of the Interstate 95 corridor through New England.

The city said that its street maintenance crews are "fully prepared" for the storm, with snow removal vehicles and salt and sand spreaders ready to go when snow starts to fall, part of DPW's "thorough snow emergency response plan".

Both states have imposed travel restrictions and drivers are urged to stay of the roads, if possible.

The storm prompted the cancellation of a Special Olympics competition in upstate NY.

Widespread double-digit snowfall is expected in areas across the state by the end of Sunday. The potential for risky weather stretches from Louisiana to Florida and north to Tennessee. The main threat will be around the morning high tide.

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