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Reports: Strengthening winter storm to spread snow, ice into mid-Atlantic

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A winter storm is gathering strength in the eastern US and will lead to widespread disruptions across the region through midweek.

The storm will spread rain across the southeastern US while snow and ice falls from the lower Midwest to the shores of New England.

The heaviest snow will fall across interior New England with upwards of 6 inches accumulating in Albany, New York; Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont; and Portland, Bangor and Caribou, Maine.

Some airlines began canceling flights scheduled for Wednesday on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation for the inclement weather.

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4:30 a.m. EST Wednesday:

Overnight ice accretion in areas from Arkansas to Indiana has shifted into the southern Ohio Valley, causing early-morning travel issues across the region.

Local law enforcement, meteorologists, trained spotters and the general public have reported widespread instances of slick roads and sidewalks, promising an upcoming icy and hazardous morning commute for many.

In Oil Trough, Arkansas, ice accretion reportedly grew to a thickness of one-quarter of an inch on elevated surfaces.

Very heavy snow is falling at the front end of this storm, as evidenced by the 2 inches of snow that accumulated in Columbus, Ohio in just 2 hours. Roads will quickly become slick and visibility will plummet to 1 mile or less at the onset of snow, making travel especially hazardous this morning.

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