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The second half of a slushy winter storm slammed New England on Saturday afternoon after leaving parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in a sloppy mess of snow and sleet. The cleanup on the sidewalks and roads is underway as a second, bigger storm is expected to sock the same areas in the coming days, forecasters warned.
The National Weather Service said "blizzard-like" conditions could be seen on Monday and Tuesday.
The "front-end" of the storm delivered more than 5 inches of snow in New York City, while residents of northern New York were digging out of as much as 9 inches, NBC New York reported. Highland Lakes, New Jersey, also saw one of the largest accumulations Saturday with 9 inches by 4 p.m. ET. New Jersey State Police reported 126 traffic accidents, and a parking garage in Secaucus — a suburb of New York City — collapsed under the weight of the snow and a plow, police said. The plow driver suffered minor injuries in the accident, which created a hole that was 50 feet by 50 feet, reported NBC New York.
Meanwhile, parts of Massachusetts dodged expectations of up to 10 inches of snow. The National Weather Service said only about five inches had fallen in the Ludlow, near Springfield. But in Westfield, just about 20 miles to the west, 6 1/2 inches were recorded. Much of New Hampshire also got less than five inches, although Hillsborough County got 8 inches, according to the NWS.
Looking ahead, the Northeast won't be out of the woods once the weekend is over, said meteorologist Michael Palmer. A second storm Monday is set to bring more heavy snow to northern Virginia through southern New England. This second wave of snowfall is anticipated to begin in the Midwest, but will pick up in intensity as it heads northeast. By Monday night, a stretch from Philadelphia to Bangor, Maine, will be affected, according to Weather.com, which added that any mid-week precipitation will be more "powdery" than wet.
Weather.com Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said temperatures will be cold enough for healthy accumulations. "This is going to be all snow," he said.
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— Elisha Fieldstadt