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Wind-Driven Snowstorm to Hammer DC, Philly, NYC and Boston

Storm will hit the region with travel delays and disruptions to daily activities

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 8:20 p.m. ET
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(AP Photo)

A storm bringing heavy ice and snow to the interior South will reach the Northeast Wednesday night and Thursday with heavy snow, gusty winds and disruptions to travel and daily activities.

The same storm set on disrupting flights at the major hubs of Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte, N.C., in the South will take a tour of the Northeast before Valentine's Day. Airports from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston will experience trouble with this storm.

Ice Storm

Flight delays and cancellations are possible throughout much of the nation well away from and ahead of the storm, due to aircraft and crews being displaced.

A swath of heavy snow is projected by AccuWeather.com to reach from portions of western and central Virginia, the West Virginia mountains and northern Maryland to southeastern and central Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, southeastern New York and central New England.

This includes the I-81 corridor in Virginia, Maryland and part of Pennsylvania, as well as I-77 inNorth Carolina and Virginia and I-87 in New York.
Snowfall Through Friday

The storm will start as accumulating snow throughout the I-95 corridor and most coastal areas in the Northeast.

According to Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "While some rain can mix in along some of the I-95 cities, this will be a major storm throughout the corridor with enough snow to make for slippery roads and difficult travel."

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Even though the storm will move much faster through the Northeast, when compared to the South, it has the potential to bring a foot of snow in a swath north and west of the track of the center of the system. This is most likely in the northern and western suburbs of the I-95 cities in the mid-Atlantic and New England.

Snow Arrival Times

The system will track in such a way that part of the I-95 corridor will experience a change from snow to rain or to a mix of rain and snow. Such a scenario would result in added weight to the snow. The weight and increasing winds near the coast could bring down trees and power lines.

Inland from the coast, where the precipitation falls as all snow, the storm will garner enough wind to cause blowing and drifting snow at the height of and in the immediate wake of the storm.

According to Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity, "In some areas from parts of Virginia, northeastward to New England, it may seem like a blizzard at times."

The storm is not likely to spare coastal areas, I-95 cities and their northern and western suburbs from heavy precipitation.

Folks from the Atlantic coast up to the Appalachians of the mid-Atlantic and New England should prepare for a classic nor'easter.

As the storm strengthens Thursday into Thursday night, enough onshore wind may be generated to cause minor flooding at times of high tide from New Jersey to Maine. The highest astronomical tides typically occur a day or so before the full moon, which happens to be on Friday, Valentine's Day. Water levels are likely to run 1 to 2 feet above published levels.


Prior to the arrival of the southern storm, most of the Northeast will be free of accumulating snow and will remain quite cold through the day Wednesday.

As of Tuesday midday, PECO was reporting that approximately 2,100 utility customers were still without power in the wake of the ice storm that hit southeastern Pennsylvania on Feb. 5, 2013.

There is the possibility of the power being knocked out in some of the same communities that were hit a week earlier.

For folks looking for a break in the cold, wintry pattern, a change to milder, less stormy weather is possible beginning around Feb. 17 or 18.

However, cold weather and storms may once again fight back toward the end of the month.

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As I type, the sleet is pounding the roof & sides of my home here in S Carolina. My front steps are a solid sheet of ice & the untraveled cul-de-sac I live on looks like an ice skating rink. Here's hoping you folks in the north that love to poke fun at us southerners for our inability to traverse such winter conditions only get snow which with any kind of consideration is known to be much easier to deal with. Any day of the week I'd trade 1" of ice for 6" of snow. Be safe in this treacherous situation & be considerate of those in a more desperate environment..

February 12 2014 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

HEY, Let's get a republican back in office to finish it all off. Deregulate, and/or eliminate ALL polution devices, Live it up. Global warming is very misunderstood! MORE storms, and MORE frequent "100 year" storms. Like maybe every year. The planet is fine, and not going anywhere, WE ARE however... When the upper echelon finally realizes what has been done, don't look to us who know how to survive. Burn your stolen slave dollars for heat. A million should keep you warm for about 7 minutes...

February 12 2014 at 9:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hang in there blessed ones. It won"t be as long as it has been.

February 12 2014 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jacksonville Fl

Don't you just love this globle warming? It's Feb. 12th and I'm sitting here with a sweater on. I should be at the beach.

February 12 2014 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is the nature movement. We can not do anything for. So, only God can do something

February 12 2014 at 8:47 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
James M. Adams

74 and cloudy in my neighborhood

February 12 2014 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here at the Jersey Shore we have been pummeled by snow and ice. Really, really sick of snow. Not looking forward to more snow from Thursday's upcoming storm. Hope it is just rain. On Mon and Tues, the temp will finally go back up to 40 and start melting this stuff. So looking forward to spring!

February 12 2014 at 8:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These photos are magnificent.

February 12 2014 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to irvbarn's comment

Yeah, bring it on.

February 12 2014 at 8:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Note to Gore: Run the throttle on the jet engines of your private plane at full (don't worry about the carbon "footprint"- China will make even more). All will be well as the snow/ice will be blasted back into the atmosphere.

February 12 2014 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fred's comment

LOL, could you imagine that he was almost our president? OMG, look what we ended up with.

February 12 2014 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's great to be retired at times like this when Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are playing their games with us. No need to be anywhere except to keep doctors' appointments. Don't forget to feed your little friends who live outside and are scrounging around for food to survive these storms.

February 12 2014 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Walter's comment

LOL Walter, your living the dream, and so am I, but I fear for our kids.

February 12 2014 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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