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Major Winter Storm Climbs Eastern Seaboard Today
UPDATED 5:15 AM EST, November 26, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
A huge winter storm will cause major travel headaches on the busiest travel day of the year from Florida to Maine. Not only will it pile up more than a foot for some across the interior Northeast, it will also soak the heavily-traveled Interstate 95 corridor despite a few snowflakes mixing in at the tail end.
Low pressure organizing along the Southeastern U.S. coastline will accelerate northeastward paralleling the Eastern Seaboard today into the first part of Thanksgiving Day. The storms deep tropical ties to the Gulf of Mexico is squeezing out several long bands of rain complete with embedded thunderstorms from central and southern Florida to Virginia and western Maryland already early this morning.
The bands of rain will consolidate and track quickly northeastward along the Interstate 95 corridor this morning, spreading as far north as New York City to Boston late this morning and early this afternoon. Even Portsmouth, N.H., to Portland, Maine, will start off briefly as rain today before quickly changing to a heavy, wet snow this afternoon and evening.
That will leave places such as Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia into New York City and Boston with rain totals approaching an inch or more today.
Meanwhile, cold air bleeding into the storm systems northern and western fringes will convert this deep tropical connection of moisture into a heavy, wet snow today and for the first part of Thanksgiving Day from the Appalachian Spine to northern New England. The rain will change over to snow first in western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia early this morning, before climbing the Interstate 81 corridor into the Blue Ridge in the Mid-Atlantic before midday.
By the time the snow abates this afternoon and evening, residents from Asheville, N.C., to Winchester, Va., will be digging out of 3 to 8 inches of snow. Even a few spots above 1,500 feet could pick up close to a foot of pasty, wet snow today.
The snow will also expand into the northern and western suburbs of the Interstate 95 corridor from the Mid-Atlantic into eastern New England today into tonight. While the big cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston will be brushed by a light dusting to perhaps an inch or two of slushy snow, the same luck won`t reach those residing from northwestern New Jersey and New York`s Hudson Valley to northern Maine.
It will be here where the snow "jackpot" will be found, with 8 to 16 inches blanketing the ground by the time the storm departs the U.S. in favor of the Canadian Maritimes on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories stretch from western North Carolina to the Maine and Canada border, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
In addition to causing major travel headaches, possibly including impassable roadways, the weight of the wet snow could lead to sporadic power outages. Most of the major airport hubs will likely see either delays or cancellations, although main thoroughfares will stay wet pavement; side roads off Interstates 70, 80, 81 and 90 will become slippery and quite treacherous.
The storm will have one more trick up its sleeve as it scales the Eastern Seaboard. Its close pass to Cape Cod, Mass., and southeastern Massachusetts as well as Long Island Sound will stir up some fresh winds that could reach up to 50 mph this afternoon into tonight. A Wind Advisory is in place here for today. These strong gusts could uproot trees and bring down tree branches and limbs, which in turn will lead to sporadic power outages as well.
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