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    Posted February 4, 2014 by
    Philidephia, Pennsylvania
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    Major winter storm from the Plains to Maine

    From the Plains to Maine – Major Winter Storm: A strong storm system will move quickly from the southeast Texas coast today and intensify as it lifts northeast through the Tennessee valley and then to southwest Pennsylvania by daybreak Wednesday and then out into the Atlantic. Snow will quickly overspread the region from the Southern Plains today to the northeast and become heavy at times Tuesday night. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible with greatly reduced visibilities. Total snowfall amounts by midday Wednesday is anticipated to be generally in the 6 to 10 inch range from the Plains to the Ohio Valley.

    For tonight and Wednesday, the storm moves into the Mid-Atlantic and New England where the highest snow projects of 10 to 14 inches or more are possible AND there is a sleet, freezing rain / icing component for the regions 100 miles or so from the Atlantic and on the southern end of the Winter Storm Warnings – such as Pennsylvania and most of Maryland - that will compound the effects of this storm.

    So what are the impacts? For today expect the usual winter times hazardous travel conditions from Kansas to Ohio with flight delays and cancelations. There may possibly be some road / highway closures. For Wednesday, the northeast may well possibly see a significant impact from this storm by way of dangerous / impossible travel conditions, the morning commute on Wednesday will be “hell”, widespread flight cancellations and delays (the airlines will most likely pull the trigger and cancel flights tonight in / out of the northeast so aircraft are not caught in the region on Wednesday) Widespread power outages due to icing. Schools and businesses will most likely be closed on Wednesday and take a snow day.

    Winter Storm Warnings (pink in the map above) are in effect from southeastern Colorado, the Plains, up through the Mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley, northern Mid-Atlantic States, and New England.

    Flooding component with this storm: For areas of western Kentucky, western Virginia, and most of West Virginia, precipitation will fall in the form of rain of 0.5 to 1.5 inches of rain. Given the recent snow and frozen ground, rain runoff may cause flash flooding in this region.
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