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Quick-hitting snow may whiten Great Lakes, central Appalachians into Thursday morning

AccuWeather logo AccuWeather 12/12/2018 renee.duff

a close up of a map: Snow Wed Midwest 12.12 AM © Provided by Accuweather, Inc Snow Wed Midwest 12.12 AM A quick-hitting storm may drop just enough snow to create slippery travel from the Great Lakes to the central Appalachians into Thursday morning.

While this will not be a blockbuster storm for the area, it can drop just enough snow to create travel difficulties for motorists.

Snow will first gather over Wisconsin on Wednesday before spreading into the Lower Peninsula of Michigan by the end of the day.

A bit of freezing drizzle can mix in as well, especially towards the tail end of the event.

Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan; are among the cities that can pick up a quick coating to an inch or two of snow.

The snow will stay north of downtown Chicago.

Snow may then move into Detroit by Wednesday evening and then into Pennsylvania by Thursday morning, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

a close up of a map: Wed night Thu Snow 12.12 AM © Provided by Accuweather, Inc Wed night Thu Snow 12.12 AM

People heading to work and school on Thursday morning from Detroit to Buffalo, New York; and Erie and State College, Pennsylvania; should be wary of slick spots on any untreated roads and sidewalks.

This includes along stretches of interstates 76, 80, 81, 86, 90 and 99.

A rain or snow shower can reach New York City around midday Thursday, with the northern and western suburbs at greatest risk for a slippery coating of snow.

Similar to the Midwest, any snow can end as a period of freezing drizzle, further heightening the risk of slippery travel.

Outside of any lingering patches of freezing drizzle, precipitation will largely wind down by Thursday night. Still, anyone out and about should be wary of lingering icy patches.

Enough mild air will move in ahead of the next storm for it to be mainly a rain event across the region at the end of the week and this weekend.

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