More snow for New England today, but heavy snow area much reduced

Kansas City, Mo. – Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 – Winter weather will continue through the weekend in parts of the United States, but even the heaviest snows today will be limited to 3-4 inches in southern Wisconsin and the southern Midwest, according to NOAA forecasters. Snow in the 2-4 inch range is expected Saturday from western New York and Pennsylvania to southern Maine and lesser amounts are expected Sunday.
 
Forecasters said there is no severe weather in the forecast through the weekend, although rain and thunderstorms will bring moisture to the South and the Southeast today and Saturday.
 
Wintry precipitation from the most recent storm system, including freezing rain and light to moderate snow will form a band today into Saturday evening from north-central Texas across the Midwest to eastern New York. Total snowfall should be 2-4 inches with some locations getting as little as an inch of snow.
 
Additional areas of precipitation will be found in south-central Minnesota and north-central Iowa (3-4 inches of snow in Minnesota and 2-4 inches in Iowa); southeastern Wisconsin (4-6 inches); southeast Lower Michigan (1-3 inches by this evening) and 2-4 inches across southern parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and north-central Kentucky.
 
See today’s forecast map at http://www.weather.gov/largemap.php.
 
The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center map hazards map for today is available on the web at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad1.gif.
 
Saturday’s hazards map is at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad2.gif and Sunday’s map is at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad3.gif.
 
Although snowfall amounts will be greatly reduced from recent days, NOAA officials encourage motorists to use caution in their travels for the New Year’s weekend. Many roads are expected to be snow-packed and slick with ice.
 
For winter weather safety tips see http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/winter/resources/Winter_Storms2008.pdf.
 
NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.
 
Local National Weather Service office web pages are available at http://weather.gov; select the desired location. All segments of the U.S. weather and flood forecasts and outlooks are available through the NOAAWatch briefing page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/briefing.php.
 
Contact: Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135


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