The "snowicane" will continue to affect the Northeast with gusty winds, bands of heavy snow, and lingering flooding into the weekend. While the worst of the storm will be over by this evening, people will be dealing with the aftermath for days.
The storm, wind, and snow area will slowly diminish through the weekend. However, gusts into Saturday will still lead to extensive drifting in open areas, while renegade bursts of snow will continue to spin around the slowly diminishing storm, covering some roads and driveways again.
The bands of snow and slippery travel from this storm continue to expand and rotate through areas as far west as Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky, and as far north as southern Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada.
Travel will be difficult to dangerous due to snow and blowing snow from New York City to Philadelphia, northwestward through northeastern Pennsylvania and a large part of upstate New York.
Snowdrifts in some areas top 6 feet.
The combination of heavy snow and high winds have downed trees and power lines in this region. Almost a quarter million customers were without power Friday morning from these conditions.
An additional 6 to 12 inches of powdery snow will fall on part of this area into Saturday, bringing the total snowfall from this storm to between 1 and 3 feet in some locations.
Impact from the snowicane was severe in New England, as well, due to high winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding. Here, thousands of trees were downed and tens of thousands were without power Friday.
Since the storm continues to trend colder, rain over New England Thursday night is being replace by snow now. Falling temperatures, especially later this afternoon, will lead to snow-covered roads and icy areas as the storm shows its cold shoulder to the region.
Unfortunately, the winter will not stop at the end of February.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are watching the potential for a sneaky snowstorm over eastern New England Sunday night into Monday, as well as a snow blitz for a larger part of the Northeast during the middle of the coming week.
Story by AccuWeather.com Alex Sosnowski