As millions of holiday travelers head back home over the weekend, rain and snow will sweep through the Midwest on Saturday then push into the Northeast on Sunday into Monday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.
Blizzard conditions Saturday are buffeting the High Plains and around Duluth.
Travelers to New York City are among millions who'll be caught up on winter storm conditions at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as a system that started in California evolves into a nor'easter bringing heavy snow, ice and rain.
Rain will expand to the lower mid-Atlantic coast during Saturday afternoon and night, including the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, areas. The restrictions remained in place as of 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The waves caused some street flooding in Canal Park.
"It will be slow to move out", Chenard said by telephone early Sunday.
A blizzard warning remains in effect for the Duluth area until noon Sunday.
As this system evolves just to the south of New England and continues to hug the southern New England coastline, the winds will shift - with gusts from 35-45 miles per hour possible, especially at the coast.
Delta Airlines announced weather waivers for 16 cities in the Upper Midwest on Saturday, and 22 cities in the Northeast for Sunday and Monday, including airports in Boston and the NY area. "Help is coming (but) it may be a while". This includes an area from Saginaw down to Flint and east to Port Huron. "(Two-hour) waits common".
The weather service also has issued a winter weather advisory for Northampton and Lehigh counties, as well as Upper Bucks and Lower Bucks counties and Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer counties in New Jersey. There may be some light freezing rain mixed in with the light snow at times.
The middle part of the storm is likely to be the warmest during Sunday night.
"We want to bring her home safely to her family", said Lt. Virgil Dodd of the Gila County Sheriff's Office.
Even within Boston, which is under a winter weather advisory, snowfall totals could vary widely, with as few as 3 inches at Logan Airport and as much as a foot in Jamaica Plain, Buttrick said in a brief phone interview Sunday morning. Plowed roads are filling back in quickly due to blowing snow. "If you do not have to go out, please stay off the roads so road crews can attend to their jobs". "If you have an emergency expect a significant delay".
There were 130 crashes in the metro area, eight resulting in injuries but no fatalities, between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Rain and thunderstorms, some severe, are expected farther south in the Lower Mississippi, Tennessee, and OH valleys.
Phase Two: Based on the latest models, it appears that by Sunday evening, all areas in New Jersey south of I-195 will be seeing an all rain event, while North of this marker will see a combination of freezing rain and rain throughout the evening.
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