About 85 million people are in the winter storm’s path. Currently under blizzard watches in the states right now are :Washington, D.C. and New York City. Virgina, Maryland and North Carolina have declared states of emergency ahead of this weekend’ storm expected to slam the U.S. East Coast with at least 60 centimetres (2 feet) of snow.
Utilities are getting ready for possible mass outages as the storm system moves northeastward and in New Jersey, the power company that serves most the state is urging customers to watch for falling power lines as whiteout conditions continue in some areas.
Storm and gale warnings remained in effect today for mid-Atlantic and New England Coastal waters.
Forecasters say Manhattan could get 30 centimetres of snow as well as storm surges.
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories also remained in effect for a large area from the Tennessee Valley to the Ohio Valley, and from the Carolinas to southern New England.
High wind warnings and watches are in effect for coastal regions in the mid-Atlantic and southern New England. Coastal flood warnings and watches are in effect from Virginia to Massachusetts.
The huge storm system earlier has put life at a standstill for millions of residents from northern Georgia to New Jersey, dumping heavy snow in 14 states.
Forecasters have predicted up to a centimetre of ice accumulation in the Carolinas, and potentially serious coastal flooding in the mid-Atlantic.
The U.S. National Weather Service’s website early Saturday said 45 centimetres of snow had fallen on Ulysses in eastern Kentucky, while 40 centimetres fell in Beattyville.
The Weather service says 18 centimetres of snow fell in Washington, D.C. while snowfall amounts in nearby Maryland ranged between 11 centimetres in Baltimore and 34 centimetres in Oakland.
In Virginia, Reagan National Airport reported 17 centimetres of snow and Elma had 38 centimetres. Other states that recorded snowfall amounts greater than 15 centimetres included Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Various locations in Georgia and Alabama received between two and 8 centimetres of snow.
How About Canada?
Though most of Nova Scotia will dodge the US storm, Environment Canada says the system will pass over southern parts of the province over the next 24 hours.
All the counties along the Atlantic are expected to get up to 10 centimetres of snow overnight Saturday and into Sunday with winds are expected to gust between 60 to 80 km/h, reducing visibility.
Environment Canada warned the storm would only have to shift northwards slightly to greatly increase snowfall amounts.
Niagara Weather Outlook
With lots of the white stuff this morning, we will hardly get a taste of the weather that out neighbours are having. Checking the forecast: Today a few flurries ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Clearing this afternoon. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 4.
Clear. Increasing cloudiness before morning. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light late this evening. Low minus 10.
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h near noon. High zero.
Cloudy. Low minus 4.
Cloudy. High plus 3.
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of snow or rain. Low plus 3.
Periods of rain. Windy. High plus 5.
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Windy. Low minus 4.
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. High minus 4.
Cloudy periods. Low minus 6.
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