Northeast to face snow as Midwest enters
deep freeze again
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[January 21, 2014]
By Ian Simpson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A fast-moving cold
front will plunge the U.S. Midwest into a deep freeze on Tuesday and
dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast, forecasters said.
The cold front will drop temperatures below freezing as far south
as northern Florida. The high in and around Minnesota and the St.
Lawrence Valley will not top zero Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius) during
Tuesday's daylight hours, forecaster AccuWeather said.
"Travel conditions will deteriorate with slippery roads and flight
delays expected to unfold even in areas that avoid heavy snow,"
The cold front across the eastern half of the country could drop up
to 2 inches of snow from the Dakotas to the Ohio Valley. The snow
will increase as the cold air picks up moisture near the Atlantic
coast, AccuWeather said.
The mountains of Virginia and West Virginia will likely get up to 6
inches of snow. Other sites near the mid-Atlantic and southeastern
New England coast could get 6 to 12 inches through late on Tuesday.
For parts of the region, the snow could be the heaviest of the
winter. Washington could see its most snow since January 2011, when
about 5 inches fell, AccuWeather said.
The National Weather Service said the cold air would produce snow
downwind from the Great Lakes.
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The polar front will be something of a repeat of the cold snap that
gripped much of the United States at the start of the year. Cold and
snow snarled air and road travel, shattered temperature records and
contributed to at least nine deaths.
In the middle of the cold front on Monday, Grand Marais, Minnesota,
recorded -17F (-27C), the lowest temperature in the United States
outside Alaska, the weather service said.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; editing by Edith Honan and Eric Walsh)
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