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Snow Disrupts Travel, Holiday Shopping from Carolinas to Massachusetts

By: Accuweather
By: Accuweather
The Associated Press <br>
Freeport, Ill. residents shovel around a foot of snow on State Ave. Wednesday in Freeport, Ill.

The Associated Press
Freeport, Ill. residents shovel around a foot of snow on State Ave. Wednesday in Freeport, Ill.

A storm that has been soaking the South will produce a travel-snarling snowstorm in the mid-Atlantic. Cities and towns from Roanoke, Va., Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston will be dealing with travel-disrupting snow.

Snow and a treacherous icy mix will spread from the Carolinas through much of Virginia by the evening. By early Saturday morning, snow will spread into major cities like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Snow will begin coming down in New York City on Saturday afternoon, while it will hold off in Boston until late Saturday night.

Activity cancellations are likely for potions of the mid-Atlantic with substantial snow and gusty winds poised to hit the region. People may also be forced to alter holiday shopping plans as travel will be dangerous and parking lots will be a mess.

The heaviest snow will fall over the mountains of North Carolina into western parts of Virginia. Snow totals will top a foot and perhaps reach a foot and a half in this zone. Travel could be crippled

People who live in Greenville, S.C., Charlotte, and Raleigh will deal with a mix of rain, sleet, and snow that could leave a coating to an inch of accumulation into Saturday.

The I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., and Philadelphia will be covered by 6-10 inches of snow. Atlantic City and other mid-Atlantic beaches will also get 6-10 inches, assuming no change to rain.

Travel will also become snow-covered and slippery along portions of I-76 and I-80.

New York City could also have dangerous roadways, overpasses, and bridges with 3-6 inches of snow expected to fall.

It is now appearing more likely that southeastern New England, including Boston, are also in line for some accumulating snow. Boston could get as much as 3-6 inches of snow through Sunday.

On the coast, from the Delmarva to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the impacts will be on par with a strong nor`easter with gales, coastal flooding and beach erosion.

Following this snowstorm, attention will turn to another, potentially more widespread storm with heavy snow, ice and rain Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. The Midwest Regional News story has more information.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.

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