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Blizzard Threatens To Bring Travel To Standstill From DC To NYC

A look at areas where blizzard conditions are expected Friday into Sunday.
A look at areas where blizzard conditions are expected Friday into Sunday. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com

A blizzard headed toward the Northeast is likely to immobilize areas between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, according to AccuWeather.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday for Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for that same period in Southern Westchester. There is no watch or warning in effect for Dutchess.

Forecasters expect heavy snow and wind will all but stop travel along the Interstate 95 corridor. Winds will increase, lightening and thunder may be abundant and white-out conditions may occur between Virginia and Connecticut, according to AccuWeather. White-out conditions are possible as far west as central Pennsylvania.

The storm is likely to shut down some highways and could cause some airports to close. Ahead of the storm, Delta Air Lines announced travel waivers for flights through Sunday, Jan. 24, at 19 different airports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region, according to AccuWeather.

The storm is expected to spread snow over the mid-Atlantic and south New England beginning Friday and continuing Saturday, according to AccuWeather.

Sections of those areas hardest hit by the storm could see more than 12 inches of snow, according to AccuWeather.

"The greatest disruptions will be where the storm begins through Friday," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. "People could get stuck on the roads during the weekday commutes, where schools are not canceled and businesses are not closed, from the central and southern states to the mid-Atlantic."

Parts of southern New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are likely to experience more than a foot of snow, according to AccuWeather.com There is the potential for greater amounts of snow, depending upon the track and speed of the storm.

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