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February 4, 2014

AccuWeather reports intense snowstorm may hit over weekend

MEADVILLE — AccuWeather.com reports as the latest winter storm delivers a swath of snow reaching more than 1,500 miles at midweek, another snowstorm is being monitored for this weekend.

The timing of the storm as it travels from the Rockies and Southwest is Saturday to Sunday over the Central states and Sunday to Monday in the East.

The upcoming storm could be the most intense, and correspondingly the most disruptive, of the recent barrage especially as the storm nears and moves along the Atlantic coast.

The storm would affect major hubs in the East, such as New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston during next Monday's commute.

Many airlines may still be trying to catch up and get back on schedule in the wake of the recent storms.

One scenario suggests the storm may develop into a blizzard as it nears the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, people from Virginia to Maine will need to watch this one carefully.

If the storm develops to its full potential along the mid-Atlantic coast, it may deliver not only snowfall rates of several inches per hour to inland areas of the Northeast, but also strong winds.

These winds would cause extensive blowing and drifting snow over the central Appalachians to New England with local whiteout conditions. A period of strong onshore winds would bring coastal flooding and beach erosion over the upper mid-Atlantic to eastern New England. A return flow from the west would bring cold air back in quickly to the coast.

Such a storm, depending on its track, would try to pull warm air in at the height of the event, causing a change to rain along the mid-Atlantic coast to southeastern New England. However, the storm could become so intense that it later wraps cold air around, perhaps leading to a change back to snow and a flash freeze in these same locations.

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