A fresh, fast-moving winter storm is eyeing the Tennessee Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast just in time for the second day of the work week. Just as residents dig out of the snow and ice that accumulated from the weekend storm, this new storm promises several inches of additional snow. Adding to the problems will be its arrival just as the Tuesday morning rush gets underway in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas.
Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings now extend from southern Arkansas into northern New Jersey. This includes Nashville, Tenn., the greater Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas, Philadelphia and New York City.
There are already signs of the winter storm in its early stages. Snow is breaking out ahead of an upper-level disturbance across the Missouri Ozarks this evening. As this upper-level energy meets a low pressure developing on the tail end of an Arctic cold front across the Southeast, the snow will blossom in coverage as it expands into the East late tonight and early Monday.
The Tennessee Valley will see snow late tonight and early Tuesday, with places like Nashville, Tenn., adding up to an inch or so by the Tuesday morning commute. The snow will be right on cue with the morning rush hour along Interstate 81 and 95 in the Mid-Atlantic. Traffic headaches are expected in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas and their western suburbs.
Just as the snow tapers off the in Mid-Atlantic by lunch time, snowflakes will fill the sky in New York City before the storm slides north into Providence, R.I., Boston and Hartford, Conn., during the early afternoon. The snow will then end southwest to northeast across eastern New England during the evening.
The heaviest snow will blanket central Virginia, the Washington metro area into southern New Jersey. Here, 3 to 5 inches are likely by midday Tuesday. Southeastern Pennsylvania, central and northern New Jersey and the greater New York City area will see 2 to 4 inches of snow while southeastern New England ends up with 1 or 2 inches.
After the storm exits Tuesday evening, cold air will charge into the East for the middle of the week. This will set the stage for refreezing of melted snow and ice during the morning, making sidewalks, secondary roads and untreated surfaces slippery for walkers Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
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