Heavy snow accumulations expected Friday night through Saturday

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Clouds thicken ahead of a major winter storm Friday, and it brings significant accumulations through Saturday.





Here's a look at what to expect from this winter storm.

WEEKEND WINTER STORM: Significant snowfall accumulations are on the way for the first half of the weekend. A storm system racing across the country increases clouds quickly this morning, and it remains cloudy through the rest of the day. Light snow arrives around 5 P.M. Friday, and overspreads through about 10 P.M. Heavier snow bands move in through the latter portion of the night, mainly aligning themselves around the turnpike and south to the Maryland border. Snowfall rates could reach 1 to 2 inches at times through Saturday, and strong winds create blowing snow, which will reduce visibility. Heavy, blowing snow continues through much of Saturday, especially along our southern severecounties that border Maryland. Wind gusts reach as high as 30 to 40 miles per hour. The snow fades and exits Saturday evening, ending completely by about 1 A.M. Travel will be dangerous through the duration of the storm. The heaviest snow totals are expected in our southern counties, with a very sharp cutoff in totals for the northern half of our region very likely. Sunshine works in through Sunday, and the cold lingers. Expect high temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s.



NEXT WEEK: The pattern turns much quieter through early next week, but it won’t come without some small winter weather concerns. Monday brings partly cloudy skies, and temperatures begin to moderate. Readings are in the lower to middle 30s. Tuesday a weak system approaches, and could bring a light wintry mix to the region. Highs are in the lower to middle 30s.



MIDWEEK: Wednesday is a quiet day with mostly sunny skies. Afternoon temperatures are in the middle to upper 30s. Thursday skies are partly cloudy, with highs in the lower to middle 30s.



Have a great weekend!



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