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Associated Press

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, February 09, 2013.

Heavy snow will persist over the Northeast on Saturday after two low pressure systems merge and create a strong Nor¼'easter. The system will continue producing heavy snow and strong winds from New York through Maine. Hurricane force wind advisories have been issued for the coastal areas while blizzard advisories have been issued for inland areas. Storm totals from this system will reach up to 24 inches in parts of Connecticut through southern Maine, while most areas from New York through northern Maine will see between 12 to 18 inches of snow. Snowfall rates up to 1 inch per hour are likely to persist through Saturday night. This system will cause extensive travel delays as many airports across the region have already canceled or delayed their flights for the weekend. Poor visibility ans white out conditions are anticipated due to blowing snow, thus expect dangerous roads and travel conditions. Power outages are also likely as heavy snow and strong winds may cause trees to fall on power lines.

Meanwhile out West, a low pressure system moves from the Rockies and into the Plains on Saturday. Flow around this system will bring scattered snow showers to the Northern and Central Plains, moving into the Northern and Central Plains Saturday night. Heavy snowfall is expected to accompany this system with snowfall totals from 6 to 10 inches from Colorado and Montana through South Dakota.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -21 degrees at Clayton Lake, Maine to a high of 84 degrees at Ft Lauderdale, Fla.

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