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Snow to Blanket Northern New England, Dust Appalachians

Snow shovels and generators may be needed as a storm unloads heavy wet snow over parts of northern New England and neighboring Canada into Friday morning.

Cold air will wrap in around a storm system responsible for drenching rain and thunderstorms in part of the central Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Thursday.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "From 6 to 12 inches [15 to 30 cm] of heavy, wet snow will fall from northern Maine to northern New Brunswick and the Quebec Gaspe Peninsula."

"Potentially, there could be some tree limbs coming down and sporadic power outages," Anderson said.

Cities from Montpelier Vermont, and Caribou, Maine, to Quebec City will receive accumulating snow from the storm.

Some of the snow will fall on areas of Maine hit by snow last weekend.

However, this time the heaviest snow will be shifted inland, over the northern mountains, rather than near the coast in Down East Maine. Rain is in the offing with this storm along the Maine coast and in eastern Massachusetts.

Colder air will funnel in on the back side of the storm from the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic and New England Friday into Saturday.

While the air forecast to move in is not quite as cold as that of last weekend, nor will winds be as strong, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will plunge to winterlike levels.

As the colder air sweeps in, parts of the central and southern Appalachians will again receive some snow showers. No significant snow is forecast to fall on the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.

A coating of snow is possible over the high terrain from southwestern Pennsylvania to southwestern Virginia spanning Thursday night into Friday.

A small accumulation of snow, on the order of an inch or two, is possible from parts of northwestern Pennsylvania to western New York. The snow is most likely to fall in ski country of western New York, but some snowflakes may fall around Buffalo.

After another poke of chilly air in parts of the Great Lakes and part of the Northeast this weekend, a big blast of cold air associated with a plunge of the polar vortex is forecast to roll into the United States next week.