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Ice Storm Threatens Virginia-Pennsylvania I-81 Corridor

Region braces for slick roads and power outages
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2013

This file photo shot in a residential neighborhood of North Arlington,VA, shows just how icy and treacherous the the roads may get there. (Photo by Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The worst of the ice headed to the eastern U.S. will focus on the I-81 corridor from Virginia to southern Pennsylvania.

An icy mix threatens to cause slick travel and some power outages over a large part of the Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and Northeast Sunday through Monday.

However, it is the I-81 corridor from Roanoke, Va., to Hagerstown, Md., to Harrisburg, Pa., where the most significant icing--amounts approaching or topping a half of an inch--will unfold.

Other cities in this zone include Blacksburg, Harrisonburg and Winchester, Va., and Martinsburg, W. Va.

The danger also encompasses the neighboring mountain valleys of western Virginia and eastern West Virginia, including the communities of Hot Springs, Va., and Beckley, W. Va.

Residents should prepare for widespread power outages and tree damage. Falling tree branches could cause additional damage and bodily harm depending on where they land.

First Accumulating Snow Aims from DC to NYC, Boston
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Travel will become extremely treacherous not just on I-81 but also I-64, I-68, I-70 and I-77.

The worst icing will commence in Virginia's southernmost I-81 corridor Sunday morning, then will spread northward and reach Harrisburg, Pa., Sunday night.

After lasting roughly 6 to 12 hours, the ice will end as some rain or drizzle in a similar south-to-north fashion Sunday night through Monday morning.

Preceding the ice will be a period of snow and sleet, which will accumulate a general 1 to 3 inches and make roads and sidewalks slippery for those heading to church, shopping or other plans on Sunday.

An expert analysis is given on the impending winter storm.

MORE ON SKYE: Icy Storm Hits US, Affecting Many States


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I looked out the window . it looked cold . i went to national weather service. looked at the Doppler watched some weather channel . i was ok until i watched the weather channel .crash after stupid crash showed over and over . i had to turn that off and go back to looking out the window . hmm its spitting ice . better charge check the flashlight fill some water bottles make chili and corn bread . k come on storm im set for a weekend . damn who forgot to get the TP . no one advises you that running out of toilet paper is almost as bad as the squirrels out back warming there nuts on my cars heated seats . note to self buy a bumper sticker saying ...caution warm nuts on board .

December 09 2013 at 1:54 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I would take the sinle digit highs we are getting in MN over the ice any day of te week. Driving on ice is dangerous. Way worse then snow. Be safe!

December 08 2013 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Weather forecasting...one of the few professions where there is zero accountability. All of the weather people in PHILLY stated throughout the weekend that it was a 'can't miss' that the storm would hit our region after the Eagles game. No SURPRISE here... They were all wrong!!! All of that supposedly super technology such as 'Earthwatch', 'Doppler', and 'Stormtracker' didn't see this coming? Oh, for shame!!!

I'd like to forecast who will be terminated for missing this one. It's gonna be a long winter in these parts. Brace yourselves.

December 08 2013 at 10:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jmm1007's comment

What kind of accountability would you like to see? Shall we take to the streets and string them up by their toes when they're wrong?

December 08 2013 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


December 08 2013 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Florida...UGH...Southern California is the place to live...Winter you can ski in the mountains and swim in the ocean all in the same day.....Try that in flat land Florida...

December 08 2013 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sunday, Dec 7, 2013? Hmm strange Wrong date, lol.

December 08 2013 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hello americans drivers,
put 4 chaintires on the 4 tires right away,
keep away from accident,
avoid accident,
dont use a bluetooth aid phone, dont use a cellularphone, dont use a text message while drive on the icey snowy freeway / highway / road / street,
be safe drive and slow down speeding,

December 08 2013 at 7:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It is a chilly 70 degrees here in Florida.

You northerners need to move here , in truth it is the only way this state has been slowly joining the world.

December 08 2013 at 7:24 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sialva's comment

I was there before all the northerners got there, it was a much better place.

December 08 2013 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Weather forecasters suck! All snow/ice was to be norhtern NJ..now it's southern Jersey. How come you never hear of them getting layed off....they just keep pluggin and getting big bucks for doing primarily. nothing to aid in everyday predictions. Hope they're not making 6 figures!!

December 08 2013 at 6:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Doug's comment

But have no fear, they can't tell you what will happen tomorrow, but global warming is real. Weather is always more accurate years in advance. And for the progressives that want to agree with me, this was satire.

December 08 2013 at 7:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to trotinboot's comment

I hardly think any progressive would want to agree with you. We know the difference between weather and climate.

December 08 2013 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

You should be up here on Mars! It is cold as hell and we'd kill to get a bit of ice.

December 08 2013 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hamcallk5co's comment

cold is a not hell.
cold is a icey / snowy.
mars is more coldy than earth

December 08 2013 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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