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Winter weather update: New England braces for heavy snow on Sunday

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Winter storm warnings are posted for much of New England where heavy snow is expected to impact Maine, southern New Hampshire, southern Vermont, the Hudson River Valley, and inland areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. These areas could receive 10 to 15 inches of wind-swept snow by Sunday evening.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, low pressure just to the north of the Tennessee Valley was spreading a wide area of snow and rain over the Middle Atlantic and northeast. The dividing line between rain and snow is right through the metropolitan areas of Washington and Baltimore. Overnight, a new low will develop near the southern Chesapeake Bay and this will enhance precipitation over New England during the morning hours on Sunday.

As the low intensifies and moves up the coast, an easterly fetch of wind will cause precipitation to change over to sleet and rain in places like southern and central New Jersey, the New York City area, and coastal New England. However, snow will accumulate in these areas before the changeover. For example, New York City and coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island could receive 3 to 6 inches of snow before precipitation transitions to sleet and rain.

Farther to the south, a cold rain will pelt Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington through Saturday evening, but these locations will dry out on Sunday as low pressure moves to the northeast and the clouds break for sunshine.

The Middle-Atlantic and New England states will all experience gusty winds and cold temperatures on Monday.

For those in New England, or planning on traveling to the region on Sunday, here are some local NWS forecasts for select locations:

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