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Last Chance for Major Snowstorm from DC to Boston

The midweek storm will target millions of people in the East

Impacts from a storm targeting millions of people in the eastern states will range from travel disruptions and power outages caused by heavy snow to coastal flooding from storm surge.

A major storm will bring heavy snow from parts of North Carolina to portions of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey spanning later Tuesday into Thursday.

The storm will be moving through the central Appalachians toward the mid-Atlantic coast during the middle of the week, after blasting portions of the Plains and Midwest Monday into Tuesday.

Based on the latest information, the area that is most likely to receive a foot or more of snow lies across the higher elevations of eastern West Virginia into western parts of Virginia.

Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Winchester, Va.; Frederick and Hagerstown, Md., and Martinsburg, W.Va., appear to have some of the greatest snow potential. This potential would be dangerous, travel-halting snow. The weight of heavy snow can bring down trees and power lines in this area.

However, dozens of other cities in the region could receive anywhere from a couple of inches of slush to a foot or more of back-breaking snow. These include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., Dover, Del., and Vineland, N.J. These areas are likely to receive rain during part of the storm and a larger percentage of the snow that falls is more likely to melt for a time.

There is still the risk the storm strengthens upon nearing the coast and either grows in size spreading snow and other effects farther north, stalls or both.

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg are also on the bubble with the chance of a period of heavier snow that can bring a big accumulation or lesser snow to primarily a rain/snow mix.

These details will not be known until the storm is virtually under way. A shift in track of the storm and its heavy snow by 50 miles can make the difference between a couple of inches and a foot of back-breaking snow.

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New York City is likely to be on the northernmost edge of the lesser snow area. Unless the storm stalls and expands substantially northward, a heavy snowfall appears to be a low probability. Southeastern New England and Long Island, which extend out into the Atlantic a bit more, have a slightly higher chance of a period of accumulating snow.

A slightly more southerly track would throw heavier snow farther south over western and central North Carolina. As a result folks in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Raleigh, N.C., and Norfolk, Va., should watch this storm closely.

Along the coast, the storm will also cause strong winds, as well as water rise issues and beach erosion. For more information on this consult the story "East Storm: Wind, Beach Erosion and Coastal Flooding."

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