Winter Storm Liam's Mess of Snow and Ice Continues in the Northeast Into Wednesday Evening

February 7, 2018

Winter Storm Liam is blanketing the Northeast with snow, sleet and freezing rain after slickening a swath of the Plains, Midwest and South Tuesday.

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Happening Now

Snow continues to fall in much of New England and upstate New York, with the exception of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, where freezing rain is falling as of early Wednesday evening.

Parts of southern New England – including Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island – inland from the coast, are also seeing freezing rain as of early Wednesday evening.

(INTERACTIVE RADAR: See Where the Snow and Ice Is Now)

Current Radar and Weather Conditions

A few locations in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania picked up 6 to 9 inches of snow Wednesday. Harmony, Pennsylvania, measured 8.5 inches of snow as of late Wednesday morning.

Parts of central and upstate New York have also picked up more than a half-foot of snow, including 7 inches in Ithaca and 6 inches in Glens Falls.

A swath of 4- to 8-inch totals has been observed so far in New Hampshire, topped by 8.8 inches in Plymouth.

This has led to slick roadways across the Granite State, and multiple accidents have been reported on Route 101, including the one pictured below in Brentwood, New Hampshire.

Snowfall amounts in the Midwest were in the 1- to 4-inch range Tuesday night into Wednesday morning from northern Illinois, including Chicagoland, to Indiana, southern Lower Michigan, western and central Ohio and western Pennsylvania. This snowfall helped Erie, Pennsylvania, reach its seasonal snowfall record

On the southern end of the wintry precipitation, freezing rain accumulated up to about one-quarter inch around the Cincinnati metro area, as well as other parts of southern and eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, western Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania. Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was reported in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, with a half-inch of ice in Thurmont and Oakland, Maryland.

A light glaze of ice was also seen on elevated surfaces in parts of the New York City, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia metros, as well as in Harrisburg, Reading and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Wednesday morning.

Central Park reported one-tenth of an inch of ice as of midday Wednesday while Washington's Dulles Airport measured 0.13 inches of ice. Up to one-quarter inch of ice has been reported in East Hartford, Connecticut, with a half-inch of ice in Martinsburg, West Virginia, as of late Wednesday afternoon.

(LATEST NEWS: Winter Storm Liam Causes Travel Issues from South to New England)

Ice accumulation from a light glaze to around one-quarter inch on elevated surfaces, including bridges and overpasses, was seen in parts of northeastern Arkansas stretching into western Kentucky. A light coating of ice was seen in parts of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, metro Tuesday night.

Here are some select top snowfall totals by state as of late Wednesday afternoon:

  • Connecticut: 3.0 inches in Canaan
  • Illinois: 3.5 inches in Henry
  • Indiana: 4 inches in Gulivoire Park
  • Maine: 8.5 inches in Bridgton
  • Massachusetts: 5 inches in Fitchburg
  • Michigan: 4.7 inches in Monroe
  • Missouri: 2.5 inches in Skidmore, Mound City and Luray
  • Nebraska: 4 inches in Johnson Lake and Ohiowa
  • New Hampshire: 8.8 inches in Plymouth
  • New York: 10 inches in Warrensburg, Lake Desolation, Skaneateles and Dannemora
  • Ohio: 7 inches Augusta, Dover and Lisbon
  • Pennsylvania: 8.5 inches in Harmony
  • Rhode Island: 1.3 inches in Cumberland
  • Vermont: 10 inches in North Hero
  • West Virginia: 4 inches in Wellsburg and New Cumberland

Winter storm warnings stretch across the Northeast, including Syracuse, Albany, Burlington, Concord and Bangor, covering areas where accumulating ice and/or snow is expected to be heaviest.

Winter Weather Alerts

Surrounding those, winter weather advisories for the threat of snow, freezing rain and sleet have also been issued to include most of the New York City Tri-State area and Hartford, Connecticut.

(MORE: The Difference Between Sleet and Freezing Rain)

Forecast Timing

Into Wednesday Night

  • Snow, sleet and freezing rain will taper off from west to east through Wednesday evening.
  • Mainly rain is anticipated along the Interstate 95 corridor to the south of New York City.
  • Winter Storm Liam will push into Atlantic Canada Wednesday night, bringing an end to this round of precipitation by early Thursday.
  • FORECAST: Cleveland | Syracuse | Portland

Wednesday Night's Forecast

Additional Forecast Snowfall

Snowfall totals of 6 inches or more are expected from parts of Pennsylvania into New York state and New England, north and west of the Interstate 95 Boston-Washington D.C. corridor. Parts of the Catskills, Green and White mountains may see up to a foot of snow through tonight.

Additional Forecast Northeast Snow

Forecast Ice Accumulation

Parts of the Ohio Valley, Shenandoah Valley, northeast into interior southern New England should see at least a glaze of freezing rain on surfaces, including cars, tree branches and power lines. Slick travel conditions are also likely across those regions, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

Some ice accumulations in these areas – up to one-quarter inch – may be enough to lead to some broken tree limbs and at least spotty power outages.

(MORE: 5 Reasons Why Freezing Rain is the Worst)

Ice Accumulation Potential

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