Ice Storm to Glaze Part of Northeast Wednesday

A weak storm moving through the mid-Atlantic will bring icy, dangerous travel into the midday hours on Wednesday.

The storm has been responsible for multiple accidents and road closures in parts of western and central Pennsylvania early on Wednesday.

Some motorists heading westward from Philadelphia on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the same on I-80 from New York City will drive right into the ice storm.

A combination of freezing rain, sleet and a bit of snow on cold ground and in sub-freezing air will turn roads and sidewalks into a sheet of glass in central and eastern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, northern Maryland and northern New Jersey.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to travel with extreme care.

In many cases, surfaces may appear to be wet, but in fact they may be icy.

Pennsylvania cities impacted by the ice include Altoona, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Williamsport, State College, Harrisburg, Reading, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Lancaster and York.

New York state cities that can experiencing several hours of icy conditions include Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Utica, Binghamton, Oneonta, Syracuse, Albany, Kingston, Middletown and Poughkeepsie.

The ice will affect the northern and western suburbs of Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, Wilmington, Del., and Hartford, Conn, and can make for slippery spots in part of the inner city areas before temperatures climb.

Rising temperatures Tuesday afternoon and the departure of the storm will allow the ice to melt over the mid-Atlantic. However, the storm will bring snow and a wintry mix to parts of central and northern New England. Portions of Maine and New Hampshire could receive as much as half a foot of snow from the storm system.