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Deep South to the Northeast Bracing for a Blizzard

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Governors of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia declared states of emergency on Thursday urging all residents to stockup on food and supplies and stay off roads during the storm


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Andy S (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 12:51 am
NASA Sees Major Winter Storm Headed for Eastern U.S.

More than 50 million people have been warned of a "potentially paralysing storm" late on Friday that will bring 24ins (60cm) of snow within hours.There are warnings the blizzard could cause power outages and will bring road and air travel to a halt.A rush for supplies led to long queues and empty shelves at supermarkets.The weather system has already proved to be deadly, with two drivers killed in North Carolina, one in Tennessee and a pedestrian dead in Maryland.

In summary:
States of emergency declared in Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia
Blizzard watches in effect from Arkansas through Tennessee and Kentucky and as far north as New York
Heaviest snowfall (24ins) predicted for area just west of Washington DC
the capital's transport system - the second busiest in the US - will close all weekend
Garth Brooks has postponed two sold-out concerts in Baltimore
Schools across the region are closed on Friday
Airlines have issued waivers for travel, meaning passengers can rebook
High winds could compound problems, with 30mph (50km/h) winds forecast for Manhattan on Saturday, and even stronger gusts in Washington and Baltimore.

Andy S (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 12:54 am
Snowfall predictions
24ins (60cm) - NE Virginia
20ins - Washington DC
12-18ins - Philadelphia
14ins - Kentucky
10ins - New York City and Long Island

Andy S (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 12:58 am
The low pressure area from the Eastern Pacific Ocean moved into the western U.S. and tracked across the four corners region into Texas where NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite observed the clouds associated with the storm. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP satellite captured the visible image on January 20, 2016 at 19:30 UTC (2:30 p.m. EST) when the storm was over the central U.S. In the image, snow cover is visible in the Rockies and southern Great Lakes states. VIIRS collects visible and infrared imagery and global observations of land, atmosphere, cryosphere and oceans.

That low pressure system located over the south central United States on Jan. 21 is expected to track east across the Tennessee Valley and will give way to a deepening coastal low pressure area. The National Weather Service said "This latter feature takes over and becomes a dominant force in setting up heavy snow bands over the Mid-Atlantic and very gusty winds."

The storm system is expected to bring an increased risk of severe weather from far southeastern Texas across southern Louisiana/Mississippi, and into the far western Florida Panhandle on Thursday, Jan. 21. That threat for severe weather will move east as the low pressure area continues heading in that direction.

The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland said "A potentially crippling winter storm is anticipated for portions of the mid-Atlantic Friday into early Saturday. Snowfall may approach two feet for some locations, including the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Farther north, there is uncertainty in snowfall for the New York City-to-Boston corridor. Farther south, significant icing is likely for portions of Kentucky and North Carolina."

Nancy Anderson (21)
Friday January 22, 2016, 1:40 am
Batten down the hatches here it comes. I feel bad for the southern most states as they are not used to these storms. New Englanders are used to these storms. I'm just hoping the 50 mph winds forecasted don't knock out the power this time. I brought in enough wood . . . just in case.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 22, 2016, 2:53 am

Animae C (508)
Friday January 22, 2016, 3:07 am
Horrible, such extreme weather everywhere!!
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