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Light snow to fall over DC area during last weekend of 2012

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Precipitation will overspread the greater Washington DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas during the mid and late morning. Precipitation will fall as snow over the northern and western suburbs while a mix of rain and wet snow can be expected in the cities and east of Interstate 95. Temperatures will generally stay above freezing...except in the lower 30s in higher elevations near the Blue Ridge in northern Virginia and in the northern and western suburbs of Baltimore. Through noon..snowfall accumulations up to one inch is possible in the northern and western suburbs of Washington DC and Baltimore...particularly in the higher elevations and near the Mason-Dixon line. Please use caution when driving as roads and bridges may freeze.

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The new storm forecast during the last weekend of 2012 will bring more snow to areas that received snow from the post-Christmas storm and will bring snow to some areas that got rain or mostly rain.

There is also the potential for the storm to strengthen to a strong nor'easter or blizzard in portions of New England and the Maritimes.

For severe-weather-weary folks in the South, the storm will not bring a repeat of the Christmas tornado outbreak.

A light to moderate snowfall is forecast by AccuWeather.com meteorologists from portions of the Ohio Valley late Friday into early Saturday and then the central Appalachians and the I-95 mid-Atlantic Saturday into Saturday evening.

The cities of Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Huntington, W.Va., Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City are projected to receive a general 1 to 3 inches of snow.
However, while the storm will stay relatively mild-mannered while tracking eastward over the interior United States, it will strengthen upon nearing the Atlantic Ocean and take a northward turn.

How quickly this strengthening occurs will determine how heavy the snow, wind, seas and tides become over New England and part of Atlantic Canada spanning Saturday night into Sunday.

There is the potential for the snow and wind to ramp quickly just east of New York City (Long Island and Connecticut) through eastern New England.

According to Canada Weather Expert Brett Anderson, "An all-out blizzard appears likely over portions of the Maritime Provinces on Sunday."

If the storm develops to its full potential some of these eastern areas could be walloped by a foot (30 centimeters) or more of wind-driven snow and gales that make for not only an angry sea, but the potential for power outages and coastal flooding.

Since the storm will be relatively weak traversing much of the U.S. it is unlikely to throw much snow over the Great Lakes, northern and western upstate New York and northwestern New England.

Even though it will be a colder storm for part of the I-95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, rain is still forecast for much of North Carolina, southeastern Virginia and the lower part of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Regardless of what the storm brings during the last weekend of 2012, generally dry and seasonable conditions are in store for New Year's Eve at Times Square and in the Northeast.

READ MORE: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/new-snowstorm-before-the-new-y/3241975

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