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Wintry weather to slick roads in northeastern US this weekend

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Rain, sleet and snow is expected in the northeastern United States through the weekend, creating slippery travel conditions.

After snow and rain into Thursday night, another system will bring wet weather from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

"A new low pressure system is expected to form in the mid-Atlantic states on Friday night," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Babinski.

While this system takes shape over the Great Lakes, rain will spread across Michigan, New York, the mid-Atlantic and much of southern New England. Farther north, sleet and some snow will mix in over higher terrain.

"A few hit-or-miss showers in the East won't really slow down Black Friday holiday shoppers at all," Babinski said.

Up to 6 inches of fresh snow can be expected to fall early this weekend over the peaks of northern New England, tempting skiers and snowboarders seeking an outdoor holiday weekend activity.

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By Saturday, many areas that will have rain on Friday can expect a transition to a more wintry mix of cold rain, sleet and even some snow.

The heaviest snow can be expected over parts of the Adirondacks in northern New York, while a wintry mix is more likely throughout southern New York and the ridges of central and western Pennsylvania.

Motorists should be aware of slick spots on roads as temperatures drop below freezing during overnight and early morning hours.

The storm will strengthen over the Northeast through the weekend, but its strongest impacts will not occur over land.

"Most of the rain it will bring Saturday will either occur in coastal New England, or out over the Atlantic," said Babinski.

Snow showers are expected to linger in New England and upstate New York through the weekend. Dry weather is anticipated for Monday before another wet system moves into the area.

Many ski areas open for the first time on Friday, and the snow will help with opening day conditions.

"We're absolutely thrilled, and of course thankful, to be able to offer what amounts to be an exceptional top-to-bottom skiing experience on opening day," said Brian Heon, General Manager of Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire.

While some resorts have pushed opening dates back into early December due to low snow cover, those who are opening will get some help from Mother Nature this weekend.

Story written by AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts.