Nearly 2,200 of flights were canceled and thousands more delayed as a major winter storm blankets the east coast with heavy snow, making travel difficult. This storm is forecasted to inflict blizzard and whiteout conditions and gusty winds that will lead to dangerously cold wind chills in its wake from the northern Plains and Upper Midwest onto the East Coast today and Wednesday.
Today’s snow is the result of a classic Coastal storm developing from a winter storm departing the Midwest. The coastal storm will develop off the Carolina Coast later this afternoon and evening and as it slides just south of the Delmarva Peninsula tonight, it will join forces with Arctic high pressure anchored across eastern Canada.
This will lock in sub-freezing temperatures as far south as North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. The coastal storm, as it pushes up the East Coast today and tonight, it will pulls Atlantic moisture into its western flank, which will be squeezed out as a large band of heavy snow from the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast through Wednesday morning. Get the full story
Here are the active warnings and advisories:
- Winter Storm Warnings - From North Carolina’s Appalachian mountains to the Massachusetts and New Hampshire border.
- Winter Weather Advisories - From the south and north of the Winter Storm Warnings above and across North Carolina, as well as from south-central Pennsylvania to Massachusetts western Berkshires.
- Blizzard Warning - Across eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Island.
- Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings - Along much of the U.S. Northern-Tier, including from the eastern Dakotas to Maine, and from northeastern Georgia into western North Carolina.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team