That means more snow and less mixed precipitation is in the forecasts for central and southern Minnesota through Sunday. The potential for 6 inches of snow (or more) is very likely in the higher elevations of northern CT, and there is the chance we could see numbers approaching a foot.
More than a foot of snow could fall in eastern NY from a spinning nor'easter that will hit Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.
The National Weather Service released a winter storm watch Friday afternoon, cautioning travel could be very hard on Sunday and during the morning and evening commutes on Monday.
By Saturday morning, the snow will transition into freezing rain in some areas of the state.
Much of the state could transition to plain rain before a lull in precipitation occurs Sunday night.
In Boston, precipitation - a mix of snow and rain - is forecast to start before noon Sunday and continue through Monday night, according to the service.
As it moves toward the East Coast, it could deliver ice Friday to the middle of the country, then mess up travel into the Monday commute, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said. Snow levels are expected to start out at around 2000' on Saturday morning, but will lift to around 3000' by Saturday evening.
Highs will be mainly in the 20s and lows in the teens Friday and Saturday.
Later in the evening, winds will increase quickly, plummeting wind chill temperatures and reducing visibility in blowing and falling snow.
Thursday's rain set a record for the day at Long Beach Airport, which saw 2.17 inches of rain. Accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible during the day.
Winter storm watches are in effect in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Bergen and Passaic counties, where upwards of eight inches of snow could fall, largely on Monday.