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Back-To-Back Storms Will Be Followed By Ice, Arctic Blast, Possible Power Outages

A look at current snowfall projections for a quick-moving system that will bring a light accumulating snowfall to the region Thursday night into Friday morning before changing to rain. Photo Credit: National Weather Service
A look at the first system that will sweep through the area. Photo Credit: National Weather Service
The time frame for snowfall is Friday through Saturday. Photo Credit:

The back-to-back storms that will sweep through the area late this week will be followed by a blast of Arctic Air and an accumulation of ice that could cause power outages on Sunday.

The first storm will come overnight Thursday night, Jan. 17 into Friday morning, Jan.18 with widespread 1 to 4 inches of accumulation, with the higher amounts farther north. 

Snow is expected to arrive around 11 p.m. Thursday and continue overnight before changing to a mix of rain, snow and freezing rain after daybreak. 

The changeover to all rain will occur by about 7 a.m. along the coast. Precipitation will end by around 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18. For the latest snowfall projections, see the first image above.

Travel will be hazardous due to poor visibility and snow-covered roads, particularly north of I-287 and the Merritt Parkway for the Friday morning commute, the National Weather Service said. 

The rest of the day will be cloudy with a high temperature climbing to around 40 degrees.

Then, get ready for Round 2 as a more significant storm the National Weather Service describes as "multi-hazard" comes this weekend.

The major storm is expected to arrive after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 on a cloudy day with the high reaching the mid-30s.

Snow will mix with rain and sleet at times, and the storm could last 24 hours through Sunday night, Jan. 20, with the system wrapping up with evening snow showers. 

The wintry mix Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon could bring up to a half-inch of an accumulation of ice that could bring down power lines and cause outages.

The track of the storm will determine how much snow or rain parts of the region could see. Up to 6 to 12 inches of snow accumulation is possible, although there is still some uncertainty about the strength and exact track of the weekend storm.

"It's too early for exact (snowfall) amounts, but it looks to bring heavy snow accumulations, wintry mix (sleet/freezing rain) to some followed by very cold air, strong winds and possible dangerous wind chills Sunday night into Monday," the National Weather Service said.

The coldest air of the season moves in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, which will be mostly sunny and frigid, with a high of only about 15 degrees.

This continues to be a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.

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