Powerful Nor'Easter Could Smash New England Sunday Into Monday

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As millions of holiday travelers head back home over the weekend, rain and snow will sweep through the Midwest on Saturday then push into the Northeast on Sunday into Monday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Some forecast models are promising portions of MA will see as much as a 16 inches of snow over the course of a 24-hour period.

The National Weather Service placed the region under a winter storm watch that covers a broad area of Pennsylvania and upstate NY through Monday evening.

There will be two main periods of winter weather over the course of the storm.

Northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of MI will be especially hard-hit. Most of the snow in the forecast is expected to fall late Sunday night and Monday, according to the winter weather message. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

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Snow showers continue in the Sierra and upper foothills today with generally light accumulations, tapering off this afternoon.

Duluth appears in line to see the worst of the storm, with blizzard and lakeshore flood warnings in effect.

The high winds were also affecting the ski areas on Saturday. Around 10:30 a.m. PST, a weather spotter reported 6 inches of snow to the NWS along with several large tree limbs down in Leona Valley, an area west of Palmdale. Travel will be very hard throughout the entire state Saturday evening, with winds starting to calm down overnight.

"Snow covered roads and reduced visibilities with hazardous travel (are expected) Sunday and Sunday night", the National Weather Service in Albany said.

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On Saturday, the storm system continues to move east, a new storm will approach the west coast, and snow will fall in parts of the Northern Plains, upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes. Wind will pick up noticeably from Friday evening into Saturday morning.

Sunday - Rain and snow.

MassDOT announced that as of late Saturday morning, there is no travel ban in MA for any classification of vehicles.

The storms forced temporary road closures from Redding, California to the OR border on Tuesday and Wednesday, reports AP. Icy road conditions leading to vehicle spin-outs previously caused over 100 miles of highway closures along Route 5 in Northern California, while heavy snow and ice forced one Arizona town to declare a state of emergency earlier in the week, The Weather Channel reported.

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