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Boston May Get up to 5 Inches of Snow as Storm Moves into U.S. Northeast

February 28, 2012

A storm moving across the U.S. and southern Canada may bring slush to New York City tomorrow and snow to Boston, according to forecasters.

Three to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) of snow may fall north of New York City and across Boston’s suburbs tomorrow, the National Weather Service said.

“In Boston there is a better chance that you will see a decent amount of snow,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “You don’t have to go too far north of Boston and we’re talking a foot, and you don’t have to go too far south and you are talking only a few inches.”

A winter storm watch has been posted for upstate New York and parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Boston. The storm has already generated blizzard warnings in North Dakota, South Dakota and part of Minnesota.

The storm may start as snow and sleet in New York City by mid-morning tomorrow, then change to rain there, on Long Island and in coastal New Jersey, said Tim Morrin, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

“For folks traveling into the interior, into the Hudson Valley, we are expecting the snow and sleet to last longer,” Morrin said by telephone. “For the city, not a nice day for sure but we are not expecting any kind of accumulation on roadways at least.”

Morrin said areas further from the coast and at higher elevations stand the better chance of snow.

New England Outlook

In Boston, the worst of the storm will be late tomorrow, Kines said. In the mountains of upstate New York, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, as much as 12 inches may fall, according to the weather service.

The storm may bring new snow to area ski resorts, Kines said.

“I am sure they would have liked these storms a month earlier,” he said.

Minneapolis may receive 3 to 7 inches of snow by late tomorrow, according to the weather service. In Chicago, the storm will produce mainly rain from late today into tomorrow.

Toronto may receive about 1.5 inches of snow and freezing rain, according to Environment Canada.

Rain is expected to fall from Washington to Philadelphia, Kines said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Banker at bbanker@bloomberg.net


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