Winter Storm Watches Issued For Most of the Hudson Valley

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The National Weather Service Boston out of Norton issued the following warning this afternoon for the storm.

On Saturday, the Northeast gets its fair share of the storm. It will be quite literally the calm before the storm.

CNN reported that as of Friday, 450 flights had been canceled across the United States.

But, Ontario is only getting a fraction of the winter storm. And more than a foot of snow is expected from OH into New England, with blowing snow producing blizzard conditions in many areas.

The storm halted traffic on Interstate 80 through the Sierra Nevada overnight on Wednesday, with 44 inches of snow forecast on Donner Summit. Lake effect snow will likely continue into Sunday morning before tapering off.

The wind chill is expected to fall to negative 20 degrees in New York City on Monday and negative 29 degrees in Cincinnati.

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The storm could bring snow accumulations of 8-14 inches, according to the NWS. To the southeast, amounts will be lower where temperatures are warmer and the change from rain to snow happens later on Saturday. Winter wheat is most resistant to cold in January and generally should be able to withstand sub-zero temperatures for a few hours.

With the suggestion that several inches of snow could impact the area, local governments have been assessing their snow removal readiness.

Behind this system, lies the coldest air of the season.

NWS forecasters say precipitation types remain uncertain at this point, but there is "high confidence in a high liquid-equivalent event".

Next, snow will hit the Midwest and Plains on Friday.

Temperatures could drop some 15 to 25 degrees below normal due to the polar vortex, according to the NWS.

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